Friday, February 15, 2008

Can we "take one for Jesus?"...

While listening to Dr. Ray's brilliant monologue this past Wed. a line he said during the last 5 minutes of the program just stuck in my head: "He wasn't just critiqued." Sometimes a word or phrase just sticks and I know there's more below the surface. Doc made me think we really need to "suck it up," "shake it off" and . . .

Take One for Jesus

He wasn't just critiqued but He was crucified
Jesus did only good and still He had to die
I try to follow him and claim to and yet
I've such thin skin I can't forget
A harsh word spoken by my tired spouse?
Or an unkind word heard at a friend's house?
I've become so prickly, I'm all 'needles and pins'
And to be quite honest, I don't resemble Him
He stood before his accusers, silent as a lamb
Yet I lash out a retort just as quick as I can?
When I don't get my way and my needs aren't met
I'm seldom found silent because... "I need to vent!"
Mary didn't lash out at those who lashed Her dear Son
She remained silent, too, and like Him, she was dumb
Jesus told us we're going to be hated the same
I wonder when we'll believe Him and realize His Name
Is more than a slogan on a tee shirt we wear
It means going the distance because "life isn't fair"
We're going to be hated and not given respect
But I've never been spit upon for my beliefs yet
I might receive an odd glance or some crude remarks
But nothing like the sword that pierced Mary's heart
We're too slow to forgive, muttering under our breath
I say we "take one" for Jesus, 'cause it's a far cry from death

susie melkus


Vito said...

Simply wonderful.

I must share this as soon as possible. =)


Marie said...


I will copy this one out BIG thanks to you:).

Peace & a Holy Lent:)

Marie xoxoxo

Maryellen said...

Great Post. It's an excellent reflection.

You are so right that sharp, stinging words is not a cross we are willing to pick up and carry.

It's our human nature to instintively defend ourselves and to strike back. This is a fault that flies in the face of the virtue of Charity. But you are ahead of the game simply in recognizing the failing. I accept your exhortation to "take one" for Jesus. When I slip up (and I know I will), I'll repent, ask for forgiveness, and lean on God's abyss of Mercy.

Adoro said...

Thank you. I needed this especially today.

Joyful Catholics said...

Hi everyone,

Thank you all for coming by and your kind comments. God bless!


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Anonymous said...

Thanks for this post...I hope I acknowledged you correctly on my blog & that you are happy for me to use the post..let me know if there's a problem..God bless


Joyful Catholics said...

Hi Jackie,

Thank you so much for posting my poem on your blog. You are most welcome to do so, and I appreciate it very much. Bless you!