Covenant of Faith

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 06/26/2012

in Ordinary Time

Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe. John 20:29

Prayer Poem for the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
by Sister Juliemarie McDonald, SND
July 1, 2012

The world is full of Thomas’s—doubters.
People today need proof.
Google reigns.
Google knows.
Check with Google!

New Age boasts of scientific facts
and technological know-how!
New Age also produces weak faith.
“Show me and maybe I’ll believe.
It might be just a theory!”

Have you ever gone to the doctor’s for consultation?
You leave with writer’s cramp.
Signature each page.
Agree with the privacy policy.
Take blame for all mishaps.
It’s your risk, not the doctors, or nurses or hospital staffs!

There was a day when contracts required no signatures.
A simple handshake,
A word of promise,
Maybe a cow as co-lateral!
Simple faith. A belief that one’s word could be trusted.

Risk taker, Jairus, one of the elite synagogue officials,
Poor woman, “If I but touch his clothes.” (Mk 5:28a)
Today with Jairus and the hemorrhaging woman,
I make this Covenant of Faith.

“I believe though:
I cannot touch nor see you,
and often do not understand you, God of Promises,

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. How can you give a life-giving touch to those in your community?
  2. Why was it a risk for Jairus to turn to Jesus for healing?
  3. What must Jesus touch and heal in your life’s journey?


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Anitra June 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm

What a statement of faith!!! One we have to make/renew every day!! Thank you Juliemarie! Love anitra


Sr Juliemarie McDonald July 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

Anita, how true it is — renew each day! Just as it is with other gifts of Baptism: hope and charity. May your week be filled with these graces.


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