The Other Side

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 04/06/2012

in Holy Week

Take him yourselves and crucify him, I find no guilt in him.
(John 19:6b)

Prayer Poem by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND for
Good Friday, April 6, 2012

I came upon a mountain,
I climbed its dizzy heights.
There standing on the mountain,
Like an eagle winged in flight,
Stood a cross, a lonely sentinel
Pillared ‘gainst the dusk of night.

I gazed upon the gibbet,
Stark bare against the sky;
I saw it’s depth, its breadth, its height,
“Too much, too much,” I cried.

I turned to leave the mountain,
Descend the rugged stairs,
When lo! a voice from heaven
Pierced the mountain’s pure, clear air.
Its haunting echo lured me
To the mountain’s other side
To find not lonely, empty cross
But Christ, the crucified.

Once more the voice from heaven
Leaped down from out the skies,
And I knew a loving Father
From out of paradise
Looked down with tender pity
On a child who fails, but tries.

“My child, this cross of Calvary
Its weight you’ll never bear,
‘Til you embrace my loving Son,
Who’s cruelly pinioned there.”

 For Reflection and Sharing

1. What is the relationship between our suffering and our intimacy with Jesus?
2. What is in our lives today that causes us to cry out, “Too much, too much?”

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Helene April 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Thank you for the beautiful reflection for this holy day! God bless you on your ministry.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald April 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Dear Helene, thank you. This was written when I was much younger. I understand this even more after years of pain and suffering. Juliemarie


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND April 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm



Sister Helen Chasar April 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Thank you dear Sister Juliemarie for your inspiring words on the
Cross of Jesus, our King and Bridegroom. May you continue to inspire
souls to have a closer relationshipwith Jesus.


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald April 7, 2012 at 2:20 pm

You are welcome, Helen. I truly believe the relationship deepens when one suffers with and for Jesus. Juliemarie


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