Sowing Seeds

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 03/22/2012

in Lent

Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies it produces much fruit. (John 12:24)

A Prayer Poem by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND
for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Cycle B
March 25, 2012

Grain of wheat…Jesus called me to be
Ready to die daily that I might live
As his disciple.
Now must make a choice.

O Lord, give me humility, deepen my

Wake me with your Word of eternal life.
Here, “I place before you life or death.”
Example you were choosing death that
All might LIVE!
Thank you, Jesus, for my NEW LIFE.
May I be a willing seed, dying daily
so others may find LIFE in you. Amen.

For reflection and sharing:
1. What does it mean to be a “willing seed?”
2. Why does God think we are worth saving and worth waiting for our transformation?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Valerie Pinney March 22, 2012 at 9:32 am

I think willingness requires letting go of all that holds us back.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald March 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Val, how true. Letting go is one of the hardest things we do. I know I can’t let everything go, but little by little, one thing after another until there is no more attachment, just attachment to our good God!


Anitra March 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm

There is no way to know what a seed will look like as a plant until it dies and grows into the plant. So often we fear the “death” required to move into new life closer to God. Need to pray for even more courage!! Thanks Juliemarie! Love Anitra


Sr Juliemarie McDonald March 25, 2012 at 11:27 am

Anitra, How true it is that we fear. Another thing we can pray for love and trust,for scripture tells us that love casts out all fear.


Sr. Ellen Beebe March 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

When I first read this poem, I was startled by that “I” on the line by itself, and thought the rest of the line had been forgotten! To be a willing seed means to NOT be that “I” alone – to be willing to be the grain of wheat that dies, not alone, but in a whole field of other grains doing the same thing.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald March 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Ellen, I like your idea. It makes the poem more universal in including everyone, not just the I. Too, bad I didn’t show it to you before it went world-wide. When they read your comment, they will gain a great insight into the gospel. Thank you so much.


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