2nd Monday of Advent Holy Hour
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming: The Beauty of Life In, For & With Christ
Lo, How a Rose e’er blooming Isaiah ‘twas foretold it,
From tender stem hath sprung. This Rose I have in mind.
Of Jesse’s lineage coming, With Mary we behold it,
As those of old have sung. The Virgin Mother kind.
It came, a flower bright, To show God’s love aright,
Amid the cold of winter, She bore to us a Savior,
When half spent was the night. When half spent was the night.
O Flow’r, who fragrance tender
With sweetness fills the air,
Dispel in glorious splendor
The darkness everywhere;
True man, yet very God,
From sin and death now save us,
And share our ev’ry load.
First Meditation Point: Using my imagination to pray, visualize holding the Baby Jesus. Now, knowing that He is the Son of God, my Savior and Redeemer, what would I say to the child? What would I whisper to the One who is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Source and Summit of my life; this beautiful baby Jesus who is also the Human Face of God? What would, what could I possibly, say to Him? Or would I just remain silent or perhaps cry at His untainted beauty.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10
Second Meditation Point: In the Book of Genesis, God pronounces all He creates, including us, ‘good’, or put another way, “beautiful”. Where do I see the beauty of God’s Creation? How do I enjoy it? Thank the Creator for it? Protect it? Preserve it? Now, go deeper: do I see the beauty of God’s creation in those people around me? Not only my family and friends, but strangers, those that are different from me in any way? In what ways do I ignore or forget their God-given beauty and dignity and where can I ask for a metanoia, a change of heart?
Scripture Passage: I Corinthians 6:19-20; Acts 20: 28-32
Third Meditation Point: What ways, big and small can I be an instrument to bring beauty into the world, my home, my workplace? In a world that is more and more dark with division and vitriol, where can I bring something beautiful wherever I go to dispel darkness?
Scripture Passage: Matthew 5:13-16; Ephesians 5:6-20