Wrapped in God’s Love

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 08/16/2012

in Ordinary Time

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
remains in me and I in him.” (John 6:56)

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time-Cycle B
August 19, 2012

God is love.
Go wrap yourself in the love of God.

Become a package of peace in the midst of turmoil and terrorism.
Untie the bow of self-surrender; open the box.
With hungry hands lift out the gift of love that lies within.

Wipe the tears of gratitude from your eyes;
Plant a kiss on both cheeks of your King; perform a rite of thankfulness.
God’s Kingdom is among you.

The warmth of God’s love-wrapped presence is within you.
Radiate from your heart this gift of love.
Present to all that the presence of the Kingdom is among you.

For Reflection and Sharing:

1. How does God wrap us in love at the Eucharist?
2. How can we say we are God’s love in all truthfulness and reality?
3. Why is self-surrender necessary to open God’s gift to us?
4. What is God’s Kingdom like?
5. What is the connection between peace, love, and thanksgiving?

Share your insights. No answers are right or wrong. Your insights may enable
another to reflect on something they never thought about before. Could
this be a way to show the presence of the Kingdom among us?

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

dion August 16, 2012 at 8:44 am

Dear Julie,
I love the “feel” of your prayer poem. It speaks of union, oneness but born of self-surrender. You capture so much in a few words. Thanks much.


Valerie Pinney August 16, 2012 at 10:27 am

The idea of being “wrapped” in God’s love is so comforting. Thank you.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald August 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Dion, thank you. May you continue to surrender until you reach full union. Juliemarie


Sr Juliemarie McDonald August 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Val, best blanket I have ever had. Juliemarie


christina October 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm

well worth the time it took to write! will be reading it again, i’m quite sure. thank you.


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