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A Poem to Sit With
14th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year B
July 4, 2021
J. Janda

“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”


The Anointed Ones

Called to disgust

their honors are
accolades of abuse
and ridicule

their acknowledgement
a dime or quarter

their burden
to live Truth
in passing

Truth—hidden and dumb
speechless as marrow

at Baptism
branded by
the Trinity

before they were
born—Yahweh pro-
nounced their name

J. Janda

J. Janda’s poems have appeared in newspapers, magazines, anthologies, and literary publications, as well as in books of his own poetry.

The present poem comes from the Janda's book, In Embrace.

Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
from Religious Clip Art for the Liturgical Year (A, B, and C). This art may be reproduced only by parishes who purchase the collection in book or CD-ROM form. For more information go