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Making God's Providence more visible in our world.

The Birth of Christ: Review

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December 19, 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.

REVIEW
Go back and reread the text, spend time with the illumination. Reread your own reflections. What is stirring in your heart? Take a few minutes to write.

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The Birth of Christ: Input

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December 18, 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.

INPUT
In the illumination, the Divine is imaged in the shaft of gold coming from the feeding trough. The horizontal line of light makes the figure a cross. Notice the expressions on the faces on those who gaze in the manager (which looks like a book cover). Animals are prominent in the forefront. The ox is modeled on one found in the Neolithic cave paintings of Lascaux ,France. The texts are from various canticles, including the prophecy spoken by Zechariah (Luke 1:78-79).  There is no child in the crib. What does this deliberate omission say to you? Imagine yourself as the newborn babe in this scene. Take a few minutes to write your reflection.

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The Birth of Christ: Seeing

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December 17, 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.

SEEING
Return to God’s word for the purpose of “hearing and seeing” Christ in the text. Fix your gaze on the illumination. How is this image traditional, how unusual? Ask God to open the eyes of your heart and enable you to see what God wants you to see. 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 what you see and hear.

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The Birth of Christ: Listening

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December 16, 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.

LISTENING
Read the text, preferably aloud. As you hear the words, “listen with the ears 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 Genealogy of Matthew: Contemplating

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Genealogy of Jesus, 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/861

December 14, 2018

Matthew 1

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 Genealogy of Matthew: Praying

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Genealogy of Jesus, 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/861

December 13, 2018

Matthew 1

PRAYING
Pray to God, allowing 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 Genealogy of Matthew: Review

We welcome your participation with our interactive Advent blog. 

Genealogy of Jesus, 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/861

December 12, 2018

Matthew 1

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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