The Litany of Name Calling

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND on 06/17/2016

in Ordinary Time

The Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C blog

“But who do you say that I am?” (Lk 9:20)

            Throughout the ages, our God has been known by many different names. In this week’s gospel Peter answered Jesus question by saying, “You are the Christ of God.” People who lived at Jesus’ time really were not sure of Jesus’ name. Around the Village of Nazareth he was known as the carpenter’s son.  Is he Elijah, a prophet of old, or the young fellow, John the Baptist? Jesus wants you to tell him what name you give him?

The Litany of Name Calling


Jesus, the Face of God, grant that my face be the radiance of the Father.

King of Kings, make us worthy to inherit your Kingdom.


Jesus, Word of God, be our Way, our Truth and our Life.

Christ The Bridge Builder help us to tear down our walls of prejudices.


Friend of Sinners, forgive and grant mercy to all sinners.

God of Hope, grant us patience in our waiting as we live in hope.


Living Water, Fountain of Refreshment, shower all with the graces we need.

Image of God, paint a portrait of me so others can see by my words and actions. May

they mirror me as God’s image.


Most High Intercessor, continue to pray for the whole human family of God.

Great Physician and Healer, help scientists and doctors to continue their search for remedies.

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Jesus, what special name have you given me?
  2. What is the special name you give to God when you pray to him?
  3. Why is your name so important to you?
  4. What are some of the pet names others call you?
  5. Why was it important that Jesus ask, “but who do you say I am?”

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Sr. Renetta Graff June 18, 2016 at 2:45 pm

The title caught my attention. I will use it as a reflection.


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald June 19, 2016 at 12:18 pm

Renetta, Thanks for your comment on the poem. It really is a poem reflection piece. I has few commandments within, though we sometimes don’t see or think about it. Share some time what emerge when you pray the poem. Sr. Juliemarie


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