He Asks. We Answer.

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 04/19/2012

in Easter

“You are witnesses of these things.” (Luke 24:48)

A Prayer Poem by Sister Juliemarie McDonald, SND
for the Third Sunday of Easter, Cycle B
April 22, 2012             

Emmaus disciples returned to Jerusalem
startled and

In the midst of the upper room Jesus stood.
“Peace be with you.”(Luke 24:36b)
Emmaus disciples became
incredulously joyful and

Jesus “opened their minds to understand
the Scriptures.”(Luke 24:45)
“You are witnesses of these things.”(Luke 24:48)
Then Jesus vanished.

The Scriptures are proclaimed each Sunday
to Christian disciples.
We, too, are witnesses of the Paschal Mystery.
Are we convinced the Lord calls us to be witness to him?

He asks. We answer.
What is our answer:
Yes, no, or later, Lord?

 For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Why was Thomas unable to believe the Emmaus witnesses?
  2. Why is it important to “walk the talk” if you are to be believed?
  3. How will people react to your witnessing if it is not “gentle and respectful?





{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Gia April 19, 2012 at 6:22 am

Thank you for sharing this, Julie…..I need to “walk the walk” and be for Him!! I am praying to end my fearfulness and take the walk on faith!!



Juliemarie McDonald April 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Gia, if Jesus were responding to you, he would say, “Do not be afraid!”
Faith is a tough walk, not a walk in the park. Jesus would also say in the Easter time, “Peace be to you.”


Gia April 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

I believe that….keep me in prayer….thank you!!


Mary Ellen Beebe May 1, 2012 at 8:53 pm

I don’t know if you remember me,but I worked with you at Notre Dame in Student Affairs. I love reading your poems…Thank you for sharing them.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald May 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Are you referring to Notre Dame College? Were you a student then?
I am glad the poems are meaningful to you. Thank you. Were you the secretary?


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