Notice the transforming presence of God within you. Let go of words and images. Surrender all that is stirring, even if only briefly, and rest for a few minutes in God’s embrace.
Recently I have become more aware of contemplative prayer as its own practice. Some people just do centering prayer or the Jesus prayer without doing lectio. At it’s formation, lectio was meant to be prayer through the text both with words, or the kataphatic, and without words, the apophatic. These two ways of prayer were not meant to be separated as they have been. The retrieval or resurgence of the practice of lectio/visio divina is a means of reuniting these two ways of engaging the Word.
In contemplation, I am reminded that I am invited to sit in Silence before the Word. In that time of no words or images, the Holy Spirit, Bond of Love, works to deepen my relationship with God. It is beyond my capacity to know what happens in this sacred time. On my part, I come, sit, breathe in the love of God and breathe out my love in return.
In doing visio divina with Seeing the Word, sometimes we take only a moment or two in contemplation, but I encourage you to make time in your day to spend more time, twenty minutes or an hour. It is a mystery wrapped around an intentional practice.
So this day, come and sit with me in silence as we gaze in love at the Word Made Flesh.
©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.