Awakenings and Risings

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 04/08/2012

in Easter

They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.

John 20:13b

Prayer Poem by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND for
Easter Sunday, April 8, 2012

Like clockwork the calendar alerts,
“Spring ahead!”
Nature, too, hears the summons.
Snowdrops spring up,
Varied colored crocuses also defy the snow.
Primroses join the crowd to show off the
Creator’s palette of color.

The Godhead also issues a promise of springtime,
“Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”(John 2:19b)
Awakenings and risings.

Early in the morning Mary of Magdala awakened, rose and
scurried to the tomb only to find:
a stone rolled away,
linens neatly folded,
and an angel!
“Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.
He has been raised; he is not here.” (Mark 16:6)
Awakenings and risings.

Snow defied, death defied.
Jesus, Victor over death.
He is risen as you will be!
Awakenings and risings.
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

For Reflection and Sharing

During Holy Week we saw the death of Christ and the wavering of faith of the disciples.
1. At times our own faith wavers. When and why does this happen?
2. What are some of the ways we can roll back the stones of those entombed in injustices?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Sister Helen Chasar April 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Thank you, dear Sister Juliemarie for your beautiful and inspirational prayer poem. I hope and pray you are have a grace-filled Nameday
and Easter!


Deb Carlin April 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

Thank you so much, Julie. Awakenings of spring happen a little differently here in Florida. For those who discovered Florida, it was Easter time and thus the name of our state. History has it that on April 2 1513 Ponce de Leon found this place of “awakening” with its marvelous foliage. He called it Pascua Florida (Festival of Flowers), the name of Easter for Spaniards.
Thus we have La Florida. Blessed Easter and Happy feastday. Deb


Sr Juliemarie McDonald April 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Thanks for the interesting history of Florida’s name. Hoping your Easter was as glorious as ours. We had Fr. Roger’s, a Blessed Sacrament, who made each day of Holy Week a bit holier than usual. May the joy of the season remain with you.


Anitra April 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Dear Juliemarie! A very Happy Eastertide! I loved the poem and your frind’s explanation of the name “Florida”. We had virtually NO winter here in Toronto- a VERY long slow spring with plants and trees confused about time of year it was…as I look out my window on the twelfth floor over west end of Toronto, the trees a greening everywhere!! Love Anitra


Gia April 16, 2012 at 9:27 am

Simply beautiful!!!!


Juliemarie McDonald April 16, 2012 at 10:43 am

May the new life Jesus has given you this season grow like the flowers in my garden.


Juliemarie McDonald April 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

Anitra, May the holy Season of Eastertide fuse into your daily living of new life.


Srpj May 12, 2012 at 7:50 am

Sr. Julie , this is most beautiful and inspiring. Love Melannie’s too,! Just
To sit and read these different ways to express God’s ways in each of you is wonderful.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald May 13, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Dear PJ, thank you. I love this season of new life. It is uplifting to see the green poke up from the dead brown of fall and winter. This also renews me, for each of us die daily and sometimes are not even aware that new life if burgeoning in us. Blessed Ascension and Pentcost.


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