Parable: In a Nutshell

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 09/25/2014

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle A
September 28, 2014

“Let your ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No’ mean ‘No.'”
(Matthew 5:37a)

Parable: In a Nutshell

I’m a tough nut to crack;
I’ve shelled myself in
Afraid to share and to show the fruit in me,
Afraid that others may find me
…too tasteless,
…too salty,
…too sweet.
But, I’ve been pondering in this dark womb of shell;
And I finally realize—this is hell,
…lonely,
…fruitless,
…a wasteland.

Please, Lord, be for me the Divine Nutcracker, tougher than myself, who has the strength to crack my shell. Yes, you Lord, will have the deftness that will only crack my shell and preserve the nut of me safe and whole, so that others may come to feast and taste the freedom of a new born soul. Amen.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Why do people say, “Yes,” when they really mean “No?”
  2. If you know someone like this, how can you help them?
  3. Who is more likely to agree than disagree?
  4. Which virtue in the Gospel of Matthew seems very important?
  5. Which is more honorable: obedience or truthfulness?
  6. How does truthfulness help a person to become free?
  7. In looking over the Gospel for this Sunday, which of the sons are you more like?
  8. Why do you see yourself as the “Yes” person rather than a “No” person or vice versa?

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