Visio divina for 12/7/11 – “Messianic Predictions” – Day 4 (Seeing cont.)

SEEING

Return to God’s word for the purpose of “hearing and seeing” Christ in the text. Fix your gaze on the illumination. Ask God to open the eyes of your heart and enable you to see what God wants you to see.

COMMENTS

In yesterday’s reflection, I noted how the various lines in the illumination called to mind how our various journeys in life always intersect with the divine.  As I read the text once again and return to the illumination, several new items have emerged.

The word that initially stuck me was “endless peace.”  Today I noticed that this very phrase crowns the illumination in the small, center arc.  I also noticed how Isaiah’s prediction at the bottom of the illumination is superimposed over a very different series of colors than at the top of the illumination.  I’m mainly struck with how joyful this image truly is.  Explosions of color, text, and lines jump off the page.  There’s certainly a sense of excitement! 

However, in many ways, I’ve found this illumination to be challenging.  I enjoy abstract art and I find this illumination completely beautiful.  How do I move beyond seeing a beautiful image to seeing God’s message for me within this image?  Perhaps I’m not always supposed to find a specific message for me personally.  Perhaps this illumination is supposed to serve as a reminder of the sheer joyfulness and exuberance of the incarnation. 

This image of bursting joy will be one that I carry with me throughout this advent.  May we all experience the day of Christmas with as much joy and excitement as this illumination projects!  What strikes you in this illumination?  What challenges you?

Messianic Predictions, Thomas Ingmire, © 2005 The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, Copyright 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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