Visio Divina for 3/30/11 – “Woman Caught in Adultery” – Day 4 (Seeing – Continued)

SEEING (continued)

Return to God’s word for the purpose of “hearing and seeing” Christ in the text. Fix your gaze on the illumination below. Ask God to open the eyes of your heart and enable you to see what God wants you to see. Be open to images, thoughts, impressions, and feelings that come into your awareness

 

 

COMMENTS 

 

The emphasis again for today is on “seeing,” as we continue to allow the center of our prayer to move from our head into our heart.  We move from the literal sense, and wondering ‘What does this text mean?’, to a more symbolic sense, as we ask ourselves: ‘What does this text mean

for me?’

Once again, I am drawn to focus on the illumination in the second panel.  As I gaze at the wide open space revealed beyond the curtain, and as I ponder Jesus’ words: “Go your way…”, I’m aware of an inner sense of loneliness and apprehension.  I wonder what these feelings are connected to in my past or present, and what that means for my relationship with Jesus, and my relationship with others.  Sometimes this form of prayer can stir up memories in need of healing; it can shine a light on distorted attitudes we carry about ourselves or others that hinder our spiritual journey, and our relationships with God and others.  This can be painful, but if we can allow ourselves to sit with Jesus in this space for at least a little while, and share about these memories and feelings, the fruit of this prayer just multiplies.  Jesus is so tender-hearted when it comes to healing, since that is often a first step toward authentic relationship and discipleship.

In my imagining and praying with this illumination today, I wasn’t able to sit at Jesus’ feet for very long, while attempting to share about these feelings of loneliness or apprehension.  Perhaps that level of intimacy will come later, in another time of prayer.  Today, I imagined a different ending to this text.  I imagined that, after Jesus tells the woman to ‘go her way,’ he then invites the matriarchs within his group of disciples, to come forward.  They gladly come and embrace this woman, their sister, and they invite her to sit with them, as they continue to listen to Jesus teach.  One of them brings her a cup of hot tea, and they help her to tangibly feel a sense of belonging in this community; they help begin the healing process with regard to her identity, her sense of value and worth, her dignity, and her humanity.  In gratitude, she quietly weeps, and Jesus smiles, as he continues to teach.

This is my ending to this text.  What would yours look like?

–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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