From your curates, Rosie and Hazel.
Together we have prepared a series of online reflections for Advent, inspired by Ignatian Gospel contemplation. Using your imagination we will encourage you to prayerfully immerse yourselves in St Luke’s account of the Nativity, but since this is no ordinary Advent season we will be beginning with reflections on Jesus, Prince of Peace, calming the storm. In the first session Hazel will be leading everyone through the Gospel account of Jesus calming the storm, helping you to relive the story in your imagination but we are going to encourage you to experience this form of meditation for yourself.
We will be sending out emails when the online sessions are ready to view. We will also attach the reading and some other resource material, but you may like to have a Bible and a lighted candle near you too.
This is an Advent like no other. Advent should be a time of waiting, a time of preparation for the great feast of Christmas. This year, with lockdown, it is different and our time of waiting is very real, very clearly defined as we wait for the coronavirus pandemic to be over; waiting for the storm to pass. Many cry out to God, asking ‘when will this all end?’ Others, like the disciples on the boat, are even praying ‘Lord, do you not care that we are perishing?’
The storm has been such a significant theme this year we are going to begin our Advent reflections with Jesus in the storm but we will also be reflecting on the turmoil Mary went through pregnant but unmarried. In the week before Christmas we will travel to Bethlehem and we plan to do one more after Christmas- in the Temple with Simeon and Anna.
We hope you will find the reflections worthwhile and enjoyable.
As you set aside time to pause and listen to God this Advent, acknowledging God’s presence, be assured our Lord delights that you are spending time with him and longs to reveal something special to you.
Reflection for Week 1: Jesus Calms the Storm
Reflection for Week 2: Peter Walks on Water
Reflection for Week 3: Mary and Elizabeth
Reflection for Week 4: Nativity
Reflection for Week 5: Temple Rejoicing