Shadows and Sonshine

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 03/15/2012

in Lent

A Prayer Poem by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND
for the Fourth Sunday Lent, Cycle B
March 18, 2012

“But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done by God.” (John 3:21)

Sunlight creates shadows.

Lent is a time of soul searching and
Stumbling in the shadows.
Our lives are lived in a boxing ring,
Ducking and dodging our darkness,
Unable to face the shadows until the Son,
Who is the Light, falls gently upon the soul
Like morning dew.

The Son is the Light.
The Son conquered darkness as he hung upon the cross.
We can leave the “boxing ring of Lent” no longer jabbing,
But letting go of our shadow side, we can
Allow it to fade into the brilliant light
Won for us on Calvary.

No wonder we rejoice!

Lectionary Readings for Fourth Sunday of Lent 2012
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Valerie Pinney March 15, 2012 at 10:15 am

Thank you for this thought provoking poem. Sometimes we don’t even realize we are standing in shadows until we are nudged into the Son.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald March 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm

How true, Val, and each person of God sometimes has to be the “nudger,” even if it is difficult. Rememer the “Sonshine” is the transparency the other person sees in you.


Anitra March 15, 2012 at 11:04 am

Standing in the shadows, all we need is to turn around to face the Sun… but sometimes it is as if my feet are rooted in the shadow! Thank you, Juliemarie! Love Anitra


Sr Juliemarie McDonald March 15, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Anita, you do not stand alone. He and others will help not only you, me, but get those stuck feet moving.


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