God’s incarnation makes sacred our very decisions and even the process of discernment. Every decision we make becomes an incarnation, a little Christmas through which God enters the world.
People had to discern John the Baptist’s message. Was he the messiah? What were the signs they saw? Discernment includes many signs, consolation and desolation, and movements from the spirits that prepare the way to a choice.
God illumines a light into the world through the Annunication. Mary’s yes comes in a place of freedom, hope, and not clinging. Ignatius gives us several exercises for making decisions with this kind of freedom.
Incarnation occurs all the time, even in our decisions. We are in a whirl of confusion and feel like we’re in darkness. Advent is a time of sitting with those raw feelings and emotions because discernment begins with observation.
The Bible doesn’t say “Jesus loves you,” but God’s love is shown more often in deeds and actions than in words.
God is often seen as “separate”, a mighty “king” in the clouds. Ignatian spirituality can help us break down this monarchical image.
Beneath life’s instability we find a steady God who is our foundation.
Part 1 of 3 of an interview with Tim Mackie and Jon Collins of The Bible Project, exploring some of the biblical themes that connect to Ignatian spirituality.
God’s love is poured out upon us abundantly, and the scriptures often symbolise this as food.