Birth and Death of Outcasts

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 02/09/2012

in Ordinary Time

A Prayer Poem by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND, for February 12, 2012
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

 “If you wish, you can make me clean.” (Mark 1:40b)

Lord of power, cast out the leprosy of my sinfulness.
Cast out the demons that reside in my mind and heart.
Many contributed to these demon ideas.
They were birthed in my home, my school, even in my church!
You know this sinfulness of mine:
Prejudices, racism, nationalism, self-righteousness and
myriad of others.
These have become my foes, who fight unknown outcasts.
“If you wish, you can make me clean.” (Mk 1:40b)

Lord, take up my plea.
“My foes will be terrified and disgraced; all will fall back in sudden shame.” (Ps 6:11)
If you cast out of me these false demons, there will be no outcasts, no boundaries.
All peoples will be my sisters and brothers in Christ.

“I do will it. Be made clean.” (Mark 1:41b)


Lectionary Readings for Sixth  Sunday of Ordinary Time 2012
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Sr. Ellen February 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

Very STRONG and thought-provoking! Thank you!


Valerie Pinney February 9, 2012 at 9:22 am



Sr Juliemarie McDonald February 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Dear Ellen, I am glad you think it is thought provoking. I believe that is what the good news does to us. It makes us reflect and perhaps change.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald February 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Val, thank you for your comment. I do think the issues are and can be a powerful motive for transformation.


Marilou Strathern February 9, 2012 at 1:25 pm

What a blessing you are to us all. Such talented inspirations!
Love you!


Sr Juliemarie McDonald February 10, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Dear Mary Lou, thank you. I hope the poetry speaks the gospel news to all you who reflect upon them.


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