Artistic Afternoons: Visio Divina with the Ascension Spend some time with this—one of the earliest images we have of the Ascension, in the Drogo Sacramentary, circa 850 CE—in Visio Divina this afternoon. Following in the footsteps of Lectio Divina, with its way of letting Scripture “read us”, take some time to really be present to this bit of illuminated text from the 9th century. Let your eyes move over the piece, taking in its colors and textures and symbols. Where are you drawn? Where do you find yourself pushed away? After you’ve spend time time simply gazing at the art, allow yourself to notice what’s coming up in you in response. What emotions or memories arise? What connections are you aware of between what you’re drawn to notice today and what is going on in your life, work, and relationships? Turn toward prayer, talking through all that has been coming up in the meditation so far, and inviting God to respond. Do you have any sense of invitation—what God might be inviting you to do or experience? Stay there as long as makes sense, and finish your time by softening your gaze and simply being present to the One who is present to you.

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2023-05-18 21:09:44 UTC