A Parable of the Snow Drop and A Parable of Littleness

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 06/14/2012

in Ordinary Time

…the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. (Mark 4:27b)


Two Parable Poems by Sister Juliemarie McDonald, SND
for the 11th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B
June 17, 2012

A Parable of the Snow Drop

Fueled by a million man-made
Wings of fire,
The rocket tore a tunnel
Through the sky,
And everybody cheered!

Fueled by a thought from God,
The seedling urged its way
Through the thickness of the
Earth, and as it pierced the
Heavy ceiling of the soil
Launched itself into outer space
No one even clapped!


To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,or what parable can we use for it? (Mark 4:30)

A Parable of Littleness

A speck of dust can cause a waterfall of tears,
A drop of water can erode a mammoth rock,
An acorn grows into the mighty oak,
A mustard seed teeters as a towering tree.
“I wondered why all the hype of  being the:
Tallest building,
Longest bridge,
Biggest fortune?”

“For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest.” (Luke 9:48b)

It takes humanity such a long time to become little,
To embrace being just a drop, a speck, a seed.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. How is it that we miss the common miracles of everyday-ness?
  2. Why does it take so long for us to become childlike?
  3. Why is it so difficult for such a childlike person to survive in today’s society?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Valerie Pinney June 14, 2012 at 9:17 am

Made me think about how one little act of kindness can have so much power.


Srpj June 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

Thanks Julie for the big thought on littleness. I often think when looking at an ant how he can carry or move a large crumb of food 10x his
Weight. Or how small candle flame came being so much light to a large
Room. So shall a small spark of the light of the Lord fire up our hearts
For the love of others.


Anitra June 14, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Dear Juliemarie;

You poems just get better and better- these two arereal gems! Many thanks! Love Anitra


Mary June 14, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Dear Juliemarie,

You sure know how to make a point!


Sr Juliemarie McDonald June 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Val, pay it forward. Spread God’s kindness over the world.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald June 16, 2012 at 4:29 pm

PJ, I was watching ant the other day carrying a huge crumb. I thought the same thing as you did. How much we can learn from nature, if we are aware. Helps you get through the day sometimes.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald June 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Anitra, the Holy Spirit is at work. The Lord promised he would be with us until the end of time. I certainly am aware of this promise each time I sit down to write.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald June 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Thank you, Mary. It is all gift.


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