The Word Made Flesh: Contemplating

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Word Made Flesh, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved. http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/Promotions/Explore/#book/941

December 28, 2018

John 1:1-5, 10-14

CONTEMPLATING
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.

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The Word Made Flesh: Praying

Word Made Flesh, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved. http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/Promotions/Explore/#book/941

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December 27, 2018

John 1:1-5, 10-14

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

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The Word Made Flesh: Review

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Word Made Flesh, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved. http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/Promotions/Explore/#book/941

December 26, 2018

John 1:1-5, 10-14

REVIEW
Go back and reread the text, spend time with the illumination. Reread your own reflections. What is stirring in your heart? How has the text and sacred art changed you? In what way has it deepened your faith and/or motivated your faith?

Take a few minutes to write.

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The Word Made Flesh: Input

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Word Made Flesh, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved. http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/Promotions/Explore/#book/941

December 25, 2018

John 1:1-5, 10-14

INPUT
The image of Christ seems to be stepping from the darkness of the chaos and nothingness of the creation story. The image behind Christ’s head is inspired by photos taken from the Hubble Space Telescope and reflects the cosmic character of the event. Take a few minutes to write your reflection on the meaning of “The Word Made Flesh”.

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The Word Made Flesh: Seeing

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Word Made Flesh, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved. http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/Promotions/Explore/#book/941

December 24, 2018

John 1:1-5, 10-14

SEEING
Fix your gaze on the illumination. Note the explosive energy, bursts of color, radiating gold.  Ask God to open “the eyes of your heart” and enable you to see what God wants you to see. What challenges you in the illumination? Are you open to the images, thoughts, impressions, and feelings that come into your awareness?

Take a few minutes to write what you see and hear.

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The Word Made Flesh: Listening

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Word Made Flesh, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved. http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/Promotions/Explore/#book/941

December 23, 2018

John 1:1-5, 10-14

LISTENING
Read the text, preferably aloud. As you hear the words of the Sacred Text, “listen with the ear of your heart” for a word or short phrase that God has for you this day. Take a few minutes to write what you hear in your heart.

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The Birth of Christ: Contemplating

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December 21, 2018

Birth of Christ, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved. http://www.saintjohnsbible.org/Promotions/Explore/#book/909

Luke  2: 1-7
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered.  Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

CONTEMPLATING
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.

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