Winter Time – Night
Theme: Union with God
1. Introduction: Winter – Night
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2. A Winter Story
3. Sister Kate’s Thoughts on Night and Winter
4. Praying with Scripture
In our Gospel passage today, we join Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem. It is winter, and he is “walking about” in the open area. Perhaps there is a small fire where he and others might warm themselves. What’s on Jesus’s mind as he paces this sacred ground?
We know , from reading the Gospels, that it is also the “winter” of his life, the time when the Father is gathering all to completion.
In this reading, we see that some hearts remain cold to his life-giving Word. It is painful for Jesus to realize this. But despite this heartache, remains ever confident in the Father’s love.
For this session, focus on John 10:22-30 – The Feast of the Dedication
Take some quiet time to reflect on this passage.
Allow yourself to be in the scene beside Jesus.
5. Reflection Nuggets: Winter – Night
Please enjoy these beautiful poems evoking the sentiments of winter, stillness, patience, deepening. You may want listen to this lovely music as you read the poems.
These Things – Renee Yann, RSM You must tell yourself these things will happen before they happen: the deep winter you will spend, essentially, alone: The falling into love that will not catch you; the death that rends you into half of what you were: the triumph, finally claimed, bereft of meaning. Otherwise, when these things happen, as they will, you will be swallowed by them as if you had not ever been outside these things, the way an ocean swallows hail inside the storm. You will be nearly cleaved: a raw, green peach whose freestone falls away in frost, because these things are separating, colder than the loneliness of ice blue space, and you are farther from yourself within them than it is safe to ever be. There is no climbing back from these things. You will bring their distance with you. In the thinnest, splintered space that separates the stone from peach flesh, cold universes can insert themselves. Instead, enter these things, down the long cold slope inside them. Inside even inverse passion, there is cobalt fire, though it masquerades in ice. ~ Renee Yann, RSM Winter: Tonight: Sunset – David Budbill Tonight at sunset walking on the snowy road, my shoes crunching on the frozen gravel, first through the woods, then out into the open fields past a couple of trailers and some pickup trucks, I stop and look at the sky. Suddenly: orange, red, pink, blue, green, purple, yellow, gray, all at once and everywhere.
Closing Music: Seasons by Ben Tan
Virtue/Gift to pray for: Fidelity