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A Poem to Sit With
20th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Year A
August 16, 2020
J. Janda

“O woman, great is your faith!
Let it be done for you as you wish.”

Jesus Speaks

You can do
without me

why do you
keep trying
to do things


A child is not
supposed to
heavy things

all I ask is
you talk to me

tell me why
you are sad

tell me why
you are afraid

tell me why
you are tired

come to me—I
will refresh

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