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A Poem to Sit With
Twentieth Sunday
of Ordinary Time A
August 20, 2017
J. Janda

She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps
that fall from the table of their masters.”

Jesus Speaks

Be kind to yourself
take care of yourself

some people walk
their dogs and
buy them presents
and take better
care of them than
their own selves

and be kind
to others

even if they
upset you

I made them

and be good
to your mother
and dad

they make mistakes
and I love them

I love you

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