Super Abundance

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 07/26/2012

in Ordinary Time

“Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” (John 6:5b)

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time—Cycle B
July 29, 2012

Hungry for the bread of life,
Hungry for the Word of life,
A people waited in hope.

Compassion of a God made man,
God’s pity for the hungry clan,
The hungry people of a chosen land.

Doubting a miracle too great to expect,
Hoping the God-man would not reject,
The hungry people so long oppressed.

Generosity of a little boy,
Sharing food was his joy,
Food for a hungry people.

Super abundance of the compassionate one,
Always more, never out-done,
Love for a hungry people. Bread for the world.

Gathering fragments, do not waste,
do not store,
Should hungry people ask for more.

For Reflection and Sharing:

    1. What did the people want?
    2. What did Jesus give? What can we give?
    3. How do we share our super abundance?


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Valerie Pinney July 26, 2012 at 9:13 am

This is so meaningful in light of the Denver tragedy. Thank you!


Anitra July 27, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Have just finished reading a superb book by Joseph Girzone called
A Portrait of Jesus- awesome! simple and deep -just like your poem, Juliemarie! Thank you! Love Anitra


Sr Juliemarie McDonald July 29, 2012 at 10:14 am

Val, I find it interesting your connection with the Colorado shootings.
I didn’t make a connection, in fact, I wrote it before the tragedy happened. Thanks for a new insight to ponder.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald July 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

Anita, thanks for the lovely compliment + a book I can put in my reference library. I find the more simple and less complicated a message, one uses less mind and more heart.


Sr. Ellen Beebe August 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I especially like the part that says, “Gathering fragments…do not store, should hungry people ask for more.” God, who provides for our present, will surely provide for our future!


Sr Juliemarie McDonald August 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Ellen, agreed. Even in the worst of times or the most frustrating of days, God is presence, he does provide…sometimes yes, sometimes no, sometimes–it’s not time yet!


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