Visio Divina Nov. 10

Photo: Les Miller

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

November 10th 2019

Luke 20: 27-38

27 Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him 28 and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man[a] shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; 30 then the second 31 and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. 32 Finally the woman also died. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.”

34 Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; 35 but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36 Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. 37 And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38 Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.”

Visio Divina

1.Visio (See) Look at the art. What do you see? What is happening?

2.Meditatio (Meditate) How does it make you feel?

3.Lectio (Read, Context) Read the Gospel passage above. Read the Artist’s Statement below. What are the common points between the Gospel, the Artist’s Statementy and this photograph.

4.Oratio (Pray) Silently sit with this image opening yourself up to the flow of the Holy Spirit.

5.Contemplatio (Ponder) How is God speaking to you in this Visio Divina? Share your thoughts by writing them or telling them.

6. Operatio (Act) Because of this Visio Divina, what acts or changes in thinking do you want to happen in your life?

Visio Divina Links on CARFLEO

York Minster Crossing Artist Statement

This photo puzzles a lot of people. The photo looks directly upwards into a tower formed at the Crossing of York Minster, United Kingdom. Gothic Cathedrals are usually built in a cross-shape. The crossing is the place where the horizontal and vertical beams of the cross come together. So my vantage point was looking directly up into the tower at the crossing.

The symmetry is interupted by a horizontal slash. This is a view of a cross from below. On the crosss is is the cloth left behind by the resurrected Christ.

Christ interrupts our patterns and fixed ideas with his reality. Our view of the world needs to be disrupted. God’s sees things differently. Our understanding of God is too small.


I wander into York Minster,
standing under heaven
at the intersection of the north and south transepts
between the nave and the quire
between the commoners and the consecrated
between the secular and the sacred.

An upward gaze into the soaring tower.
The white draped cross suspended over me.

In this place, in this space
I am at the meeting place of heaven and earth.
Where the cross becomes a crossing
Where all my nouns can become verbs
Where my being meets doing
Where my living meets dying

In this blessed tension,
in this sacred contradiction,
the cross takes wing.

In this centre,
Within this architecture of integrity
I genuflect.

Les Miller April 2018

One comment

  1. This is absolutely beautiful, Les…and will be my closing prayer/reflection for this weekend. So grateful!

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