Merciful Forgiveness

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 02/16/2012

in Ordinary Time

A Prayer Poem by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND,
for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, February 19, 2012

“Child, your sins are forgiven.” (Mark 2:5b)

Mercy consumes the heart of Christ.
Everyone has the
Right to have hope in God’s mercy.
Calvary won this magnificent virtue for all.
Inscrutable mercy,
Forgiveness freely bestowed on
Unjust and just alike!
Loving Lord on Calvary you cry out humbly,
[“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”] (Luke 23:34)


Lectionary Readings for the 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time 2012
What are your thoughts and prayers for this day?
Is there a word, phrase, or verse from this Sunday’s readings or this poem which stands out for you? Please share it with us in the comments below.

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Valerie Pinney February 16, 2012 at 9:15 am

Thank you for testifying to our Lord’s love and mercy.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald February 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

Val, I am going to testify to forgiveness before Lent begins with a family member. Learn to testify to your own hurts, which I know are many. Sending you a prayer.


Lisa Walker February 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm

I also will testify to my own hurts.Hope all is well with you.


Trudy Nelson February 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm

This “child”… it you? Is it me? who is it?
Oh, yes, US….little children, who spy Him on a beach, sitting on a huge,
flat rock….we run up to Him, and he lifts us up onto His Lap!!!
He whispers that “word” to us…..”Child….your sins are forgiven”…
Doncha just love to STAY there???? PRAISE GOD!!! 🙂 +
Trudy, with love and prayers ongoing….


Sr Juliemarie McDonald February 17, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Trudy, Thanks for those good questions which keep the reflection time going deeper and deeper. Love and prayers,


Sr Juliemarie McDonald February 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

Dear Lisa, Lent is a time of hope. Henri Nouwen has a short reflection on this topic. I’ll send his site when I get the next blog.


Juliemarie McDonald April 22, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Dear Rylie, thank you. I just finished the post for May 13th. May the words of the gospel of Jesus continue to influence your life. Sr. Juliemarie


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