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A Poem to Sit With
Nineteenth Sunday
of Ordinary Time A
August 13, 2017
J. Janda

Peter said to him in reply,
“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.”
He said, “Come.”

The Cradle of Grace

we live in God
as in a house

with a roof of stars
and a bed of grass

and we—every
are his dreams

but for our lust to
conjure horror—

though who has looked
upon helplessness

has looked upon God

imaged best in a baby

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