Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Rob Renfroe writes, "As we explore the wonder of Christmas together in the coming weeks, you are invited to see the world - and what god has done - through the gif of wonder; to believe there is more to this world than the eye beholds; to look for the beauty in what God has done and allow yourself to be amazed by a story you've heard a hundred times; to come to this season wiht a spirit of curiosity, trusting that it will slow down and open your heart."
Last week we had a great discussion about The Wonder of a Star. The Wise Men believed there was something more to life, so they set out in search of it. "The longing within was a yearning for something more than this world could provide. So they set out on a spiritual quest to find something that could fill the longing within their souls." (Renfroe)
We found that we identified with that yearning for "something more" and how we might find that in our relationship with Christ Jesus.
This week we will conside the Wonder of a Name. As Juliiet said in the Shakespearian play, "What's in a name?" Perhaps you've never considered the significance of your own name and why your parents chose it for you. How has your name shaped you and your life decisions?
In our time together this Tuesday, we will consider the importance and signicance of the name God chose for this new baby of Joseph and Mary - the name God chose for himself while God has become flesh and dwelt among us.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION:
Each of us enters the Christmas season with expections about what this year's celebration will be like.
How are the events of this year shaping your approach to the celebration of Christmas ?
What does "wonder" mean to you? Who or what causes you to wonder-to be amazed,curious, or inspired ?
Have you ever "wondered" about your name and "wondered" about changing it?
I would love to hear from any of you, but especially from those who will not be able to join our class in person.
Reflect on your own spiritual journey.
Read, Pray, Reflect. Then, Come and Share!
Since I post this study on Face Book as well as the St Jerome's website, I invite comments and questions from any of you who are not able to be physically with us, but find this study meaningful and would like to be a part of it. Please feel free to contact me at cpkellyL@aol.com.
Bless you all,
Fr Colin Kelly