REMINDER: This year for Cup of Wonder we will use “Lectio Divina” (a Latin term meaning “sacred reading”) as a means to open ourselves to what God wants to say to us through scripture. In the 12th century, a Carthusian monk named Guigo, suggested that there are four stages that are key to the practice of Lectio Divina. St. Ignatius of Loyola said this practice allows you to “savor” the text… sounds like WONDER to me!
Read (lectio – stage #1) Read the appointed scripture either here or in your bible at home; read it slowly and thoughtfully so that the Word comes to settle in you. What does the text say? What is going on in this Bible passage?
Reflect (meditation – stage #2) Think about the scripture text chosen and let it roll around in your head so that you glean from it what God wants to give you. What is God saying to you through the text? Is there something God may want to reveal to you in this passage?
Respond (oratio – stage #3) Move the reading from your head to your heart – leave the “thinking” to the side and just let your heart speak to God. Your response is inspired by your reflection on the Word of God. What do you want to say to God about this text? (Be honest and don’t worry – God can handle your questions AND emotions!)
Rest (contemplation – stage #4) Let go of your own ideas, plans and meditations and also your holy words and thoughts. Just simply rest in the Word; listening at the deepest level of your being. Now take what you have received in the Word and live that out in your daily life. What do you need to do, based on your prayer? (Prayer should move us to action.)
* Read * Reflect * Respond * Rest
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
The pivots on the thresholds shook at the voices of those who called, and the house filled with smoke. And I said: “Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!” ~ Isaiah 6:1-8 NRSV
Questions with your Cup – Advent Week 3: *re•fill /rē’fil/ (verb) to fill (a container) again
What do you have your cup filled with?
What is your life filled up with this Advent/Christmas season?
I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone
to truly consecrate the hour.
I am much too small in this world, yet not small
to be to you just object and thing,
dark and smart.
I want my free will and want it accompanying
the path which leads to action;
and want during times that beg questions,
where something is up,
to be among those in the know,
or else be alone.
I want to mirror your image to its fullest perfection,
never be blind or too old
to uphold your weighty wavering reflection.
I want to unfold.
Nowhere I wish to stay crooked, bent;
for there I would be dishonest, untrue.
I want my conscience to be
true before you;
want to describe myself like a picture I observed
for a long time, one close up,
like a new word I learned and embraced,
like the everday jug,
like my mother’s face,
like a ship that carried me along
through the deadliest storm. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. ~ Muhammad Ali
Giving is the secret of a healthy life… not necessarily money, but whatever a man has of encouragement and sympathy and understanding. ~ John D. Rockefeller Jr.
Prayer: *pray for this process of filling and refilling.
For the times I have been a dream stealer and for the courage to become one who pushes others toward the Dream Giver, Lord hear our prayer. #creditmikeyaconelli
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