Day 20: Saturday

Saturday: Recap

We have followed the steps of the Lectio Divina method of spiritual reading: Read, Reflect, Respond and Rest as we explored the angels’ Gloria. Today we will Recap what Christ is saying to us through this passage? How might you follow this lead in my life going forward?
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We have seen that the angels’ Gloria serves as an exposition of the important themes in Luke’s Gospel. In conclusion to this section, it is interesting to consider that the angels’ song, “Glory God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men,” is echoed by the disciples’ rejoicing at Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem:

 

“And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of

Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise

God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; saying,

Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven,

and glory in the highest. And some of the Pharisees from among the

multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples. And he answered

and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the

stones would immediately cry out. And when he was come near, he beheld

the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least

in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! But now they are

hid from thy eyes. (Luke 19:37-42)

 

As the canticles in the beginning of Luke’s Gospel echo the rejoicing of David and the house of Israel at the entrance of the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6; see chapter one), now Jesus’ disciples also echo that passage as the incarnate presence of God enters Jerusalem to be the one perfect sacrifice. Amidst their joy, only Jesus weeps over the fact that many in Jerusalem will not see nor know the peace that He brings to them.

 

During this week, we have explored together the wonderful riches of the angels’ Song, the Gloria. Think back over the week’s contemplation. Look through the pages in your Advent journal. Note your responses to these questions:

 

  • What has God led you to discover about the angels’ song that speaks into your life?
  • How can you employ the disciplines beholding God’s Glory; of an openness to shalom and peace only Christ brings; of an attitude of wonder and awe; and of praise in your life?
  • What transformation is God leading you towards? In what areas of your life is he shining his light?
  • How is God leading you to reflect this transformation in your actions and choices? To what specific actions does this transformation point? How does it change how you will choose to live and what you will choose to do?
  • What have you learned about your vocation for the life of the world through contemplating the angel’s joyous chorus?

 

Prayer:

Ask God for the grace of this transformation in your life and the grace of wisdom to see how it might be employed for the life of the world.

 

Tomorrow, we move on to the Nunc Dimittis, the song of Simeon,

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in the last week of our study.