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A Poem To Sit With
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B
July 15, 2012

Reading I: Amos 7:12-15
Responsorial Psalm: 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14
Reading II: Ephesians 1:3-14 or Ephesians 1:3-10
Gospel: Mark 6:7-13

“I use parables when I speak to them because they look but do not see,
they listen but do not hear or understand”
(Gospel)

Patterns, I

I joined Magdalen
in
that day’s tapestry
kissing
the foot of your
cross

and later in
woods
wet with fern
and
red raspberry
acorns
and nightshade
I asked if

better or worse
richer or poorer
sickness or health

could make
meaning
when I walked
into
a branch heavy
from
the night’s rain
and
felt the cold
shower

and could have
sworn
I heard laughter

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
.
If you wish to order a copy go to http://www.lifeinchrist-newsletter.com/

Art by Martin Erspamer, O.S.B.
from Religious Clip Art for the Liturgical Year (A, B, and C).
Used by permission of Liturgy Training Publications. This art may be reproduced only by parishes who purchase the collection in book or CD-ROM form. For more information go to: http://www.ltp.org/