Where Are You Staying?

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 01/12/2012

in Ordinary Time

A Prayer Poem by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND, for the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time—Cycle B, January 15, 2012

 Rabbi, … where are you staying?” (John 1:38b)

While on earth since his birth, Jesus stayed in unexpected places.
The Lamb of God stays in a stable where animals feed,
The King of Kings stays in Bethlehem, the city of David,
The “carpenter’s son” stays in Nazareth, the holy family’s home.
“Come, and you will see.” (John 1:39)

Today, if we ask Jesus, “Where are you staying?”
He still surprises, for he is still found in unexpected places.
The Food of Life, in hovels where poverty is rampant,
The Physician of Souls, in hospitals and hospices where the sick await healing,
The Comfort of the Sorrowing, in the hearts of the lonely and neglected,
“Come, and you will see.” (John 1:39)

Remember, the Son of man has no place to lay his head;
he still remains the itinerant preacher walking the highways and byways.

Where does he stay? With you, with me, with whomever invites him to stay.
When he gets ready to leave your door, he turns, then smiles and says to each,
“Come, and you will see.”(John 1:39)
“Walk with me; be my love, my compassion and my hope in this world’s
wounded, unexpected places.”
“Come, and you will see.” (John 1:39)

Lectionary Readings for Second Sunday of Ordinary Time, January 15, 2012
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Gia January 12, 2012 at 12:47 pm

You touch my life with beauty and simplicity!!!

I need to always remember to ‘come and see!’

<3 you always!



Mary January 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I read tihs before going to my office today. It inspired me “to come and see ” Who would come to my office this day.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald January 12, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Gia, let me know who comes to see you and where do you take them?


Sr Juliemarie McDonald January 12, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Mary, I am happy the poetry inspired you. I hope whoever visited your office was inspired by you.


Sr. Susan Wolf, SND January 13, 2012 at 5:31 am

The word that got me thinking in this poem was “unexpected.” Many times in life I have been surprised to find Christ in places, situations, and people where I was not expecting to. I have learned that when I am expecting to find Christ in situations, places and people, I am never disappointed. In fact, my day is happier. This little insight has made me want to work on my expectations. Thanks, Juliemarie.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald January 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Susan, thanks for renewing an old insight. Expecting Jesus anytime, anywhere, and with people makes life brings us the fulness of life that Jesus wants for each of us.


Angelstarspeaks January 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news Blessings to you Dear One THANK YOU! !*¨* *¨*.¸¸*¨*


Sr Juliemarie McDonald January 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Dear Angelstarspeaks, what a wonderful confirmation of my mission to spread the good news over all the mountains, hills and valleys of the world. Thank you.


Reggie Sethna January 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm

He had has no where to lay His Head!!
Left on the Steets of India my twin brother and I had no where to lay our heads. Sick, dying of Humger, we were taken in by a orphanage. Dirt floors, no lights, little to eat or drink an unexpected place!!
Today living in a subrub here in the United States I found Jesus and my home. I take Him everyday into the Hallways of my High School. As peacemaker accepting those who face difficulities and bullying embrcing them as Brother and friend!! After school I take him to rest home where I work! A smile, a kind word, serving meals that nourish their bodies, I try to nourish their hearts and souls with kindness and compassion. I can honestly say never a day that I do not take Jesus to at least one of my classmates or clients. I too am restless and called to have Jesus take up and rest deep in my heart!!!


Sr Juliemarie McDonald January 17, 2012 at 9:29 am

Reggie, what a wonderful witness story. Spread the word. Take someone new with you on your trips of mercy and love. This can be a way to “pay it forward.” Thank you for sharing. May your example be a prophetic witness to all of God’s goodness and provident care.


Valerie Pinney January 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Dear Sr. Juliemarie, Thank you for your insightful words. God gave you such a gift. January 15th was Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s birthdate as was my mother’s They were both humble and courageous people. They invited Jesus to walk with them on their difficult journeys. Before we invite Jesus to stay with us I think we might need a bit of humility as well. I have been enjoying your poems. Please keep them coming! V


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