Return to God’s word. Allow it to transform you. Notice how your faith is being deepened and your way of life motivated.
Now we come to the last movement of visio divina, becoming Christ-like. Of course, visio divina is more fluid than that, with no clear ending, but a movement back and forth between the different rhythms. I have found that returning to God’s Word, reading it for a third time is essential to transformation. When I hear the Word again, it acts in such a way as to gel my ponderings, making my transformation more solid. It’s sort of like a conclusion, for now, until I revisit the text and ponder again. Of course, the holy Spirit will continue to bring the text or my word or phrase to me in surprising ways in the days and weeks to come. It’s amazing how creative the Spirit is and how watchful we need to be to catch those surprises.
By listening to the Word again, I am reminded that I am in relationship with the God made Flesh. He has given me the power to step forward into humanness as I receive grace upon grace from him. As Christmas approaches and the cookies aren’t made or gifts wrapped (or even bought!), I can slow down and be more like Jesus: not rushed, caring for others, and certain in my being that I am loved. This makes all the difference in the world and in this Advent season. And so I will make special treats while blessing the people who will enjoy them. I will wrap presents slowly and prayerfully. And when I begin to be frazzled again by the rush, I will revisit these amazingly powerful and mysterious words about the Word Made Flesh and ponder them anew.
Where has the text and sacred art changed you? In what way has it deepened your faith and/or motivated your faith?
Rejoice with me in His Coming!
©Christ Our Light, Donald Jackson, 2002 The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.