Return to God’s word. Allow it to transform you. Notice how your faith is being deepened and your way of life motivated.
This week two things have stood out to me as I have progressed through the visio divina process. The first is how difficult it is to see beyond Jesus’ “hanging” appearance on the cross. Can I really worship one who ended up so as God of the universe? Can I see beyond the appearances of the event, and recognize the moment that spreads forth throughout history, refusing to be bound by time or death? It is not something I am going to fully understand, but something that I will have to rest on my faith. This is my second realization: I do not have to figure out the inner workings of God’s plan, or even work so hard to discern God’s voice in my prayer. Instead, I can just “be” with God.
These are the two points I take with me from this week. They are certainly not the only points to be taken, but they are what I feel pulling at my mind, my heart, and my imagination. Whether you have been following my reflections or your own experience of prayer, I hope you have fond something that you will carry with you.
© Crucifixion, 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.