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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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