This year for Cup of Wonder we will use “Lectio Divina” (a Latin term meaning “sacred reading”)
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.)
Today’s Scripture: * Read * Reflect * Respond * Rest
In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations,
and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. ~ Isaiah 2:2-4 NRSV
Questions with your Cup – Advent Week 2: *re•new /rǝ’n(y)oo/ (verb) to resume after an interruption
How old or new does your cup appear? Does it seem to have had a long life before it came into your possession or does it look brand new?
How would you appear, if you were to look at your life through new eyes? Tired? Busy? Expectant? Joyous?
God was homeless and all men are at home. ~ Fulton J. Sheen
(The cup) is the life of Christ and our life, blended together into one life. As we drink the cup, we drink the cup that Jesus drank, but we also drink our cup. This is the great mystery of the Eucharist. The cup of Jesus, filled with his life, poured out for us and all people, and our cup, filled with our blood, have become one cup. Together we drink that cup as Jesus drank it we are transformed into the body of the living Christ, always dying and always rising for the salvation of the world. ~ Henri Nowen
Silence… leads us to make a gift of self rather than a selfishness that has been gift-wrapped… Silence does not mean running away but rather recollecting ourselves in the open space of God. ~ Madeleine Delbrel
Most people do not see things as they ARE; rather, they see things as THEY are. ~ Fr. Richard Rohr
Prayer: *pray for this process of renewing.
For things spilled out and broken and your promise to make all things new, Lord hear our prayer.
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