by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 11/01/2012

in Ordinary Time

Thirty-first Sunday of Ordinary Time—Cycle B
November 4, 2012

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
(Mark 12:30)


How big is your God? How small is your love?
God is love and goodness.
God’s love spreads out to all of creation
like the sun radiates light to all of creation.
God’s love is big enough to embrace all.
Only emptiness can contain God’s fullness.

Is your love too small, too divided, too human?

God wants all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.
All…not just a piece of our puzzle-like hearts.
No division.

“Impossible,” you say.
“Not so,” replies God.
“I made you in my image, and I dwell in all of creation.
You are God-possessed!”

“The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
(Mark 12:31a)

Your love of me and your neighbor pulsates through you
like blood.
This love is God seeing, hearing, feeling and touching
through you.
Don’t allow your love to be too small.
Create  an emptiness as an open vessel to be filled
and God-possessed.
Only then will you live out of this great commandment.
Love God, love your neighbor as you love yourself.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Where do I detect division in me? Mind, heart, soul, strength?
  2. Why is it so hard to love ourselves?
  3. With which neighbor have I created a division?
  4. When will we see peace on earth?
  5. How is God’s love different from earthly love?

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sr. Helen Chasar November 1, 2012 at 7:38 am

Dearest Sister Juliemarie,
This poem tops all your poems! CONGRATULATIONS!
Sister Helen


Sr Juliemarie McDonald November 2, 2012 at 7:43 am

Helen, thank you. The song popular some years ago is even more pertinent in today’s world–What the World Need Now is Love!


Rodger Hopkins November 13, 2013 at 12:27 am

“…the Lord delights in those who fear [reverence] him, who put their hope in his unfailing love” (Psalms 147:11).


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND November 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

Thank you, Roger for a wonderful quote that sums up perfectly this poem. I will be opening Cycle A poems on Nov.29th Keep reading and quoting. Sr. Juliemarie


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