Journey into Freedom Day 8

Painting of Christ by El Greco

Preparation: Begin by stilling; then dedicating the time of prayer to God and asking God that all you think, feel and imagine are for the glory of God.

Gift: I ask to appreciate God’s loving plan for humanity.

Setting: Read the Bible passage below using the lectio divina method mentioned in the Introduction.

Colossians 1:15-23 HCSB

Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross—whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Painting of Christ by El Greco

Conversation: Talk to Christ in your own words as a friend or leader. You may want to talk about what this passage from Saint Paul’s letter to the Colossians means to you.

Final Prayer: End with a formal prayer such as the Lord’s Prayer/Our Father.

Jesus Christ as the ‘Revelation’ of God.

We human beings cannot imagine the infinite. Everything our five senses reveal to us is limited. Yet Christians believe that a good Creator God is responsible for all that exists. We may sometimes get a glimpse of the spiritual realm in a passing sense of something beyond the material world; or in the glory of a sunset or the magnificence of nature. But for Christians, God is best revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, in what he says and in what he does. When we see Christ we see God. Which is why we are going to spend so much time on this retreat praying over the life of Christ.

A Thought for Today: All I can do is let God's glory shine through in me, let God be God in my own life. - Gerard W Hughes SJ