Visio Divina for 3/31/11 – “Woman Caught in Adultery” – Day 5 (Praying)

PRAYING

Pray to God, allowing for the transformation of your being and feelings. Give to God what you have found in your heart.

COMMENTS

The emphasis for today within this prayer of Visio Divina, is “praying.”  In this aspect of the process, one is to discern: “What does this text mean for me?”  Time then is spent in dialogue and interaction with God, regarding what the Spirit has brought most prominently to one’s awareness.

I realized Jesus’ interaction with both the scribes and Pharisees, and this woman, were challenges steeped in love.  Jesus confronted these abusive men, not by engaging them in a heady dispute about the law, but by bringing them face-to-face with their own inner reality and truth.  Only in their hearts could true conversion take place – if they are willing to receive it – and that is their challenge.  Jesus gently comforts this woman, and releases her from condemnation, but he challenges her as well.  The curtain is drawn aside, revealing Jesus’ invitation for her to walk in the light of his way – within the reality and context of her life and her need for ongoing healing and conversion.  This will certainly be difficult, given what she will need to face: her husband, her family, her social standing and context, and so on.

We all have to face the consequences of our actions, and sometimes that process can be quite painful.  But as this illumination reveals, we don’t ‘go our way’ alone: Jesus invites each of us to walk in his light, as we go about the daily business of our lives.  Our challenge in this Lenten season is to seek our own inner truths with Jesus; to allow Jesus to gently bring us to greater awareness of ourselves – which is the gift of deeper conversion, and a more intimate relationship with Christ.

Jesus is always calling us — challenging us — to come closer to hiim.  The depth of his yearning for each of us is hard to fathom, but no less true.

What message does Jesus want you to hear today?

–Amie Schumacher

©Woman Caught in Adultery, Aiden Hart with contributions by Donald Jackson and Sally Mae Joseph, 2003 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.

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