Each of the gospel writers is symbolized by a different animal. Luke is represented as an ox because of his focus on sacrifice in the gospel he wrote. Each of us shares God in our own way, based on our own interests and personality. I am grateful for the diversity in the world God created.
Help me to know each person as they are. Help me to value the contribution each makes. Help me to delight in the many ways of expressing You to others.
Since many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed. Luke 1:1-4 (NRSV)
Invitation to Prayer:
Prayerfully consider what animal might best express how you share Christ with others. As you consider your way of reaching out with God’s love, what prayers are emerging in your mind, heart, body, and imagination? Pray them now.
Photos: The Ox (representing Luke) in the lower right corner of the second circle in the south rose stained glass window (1221-1230) at the Chartres Cathedral in France.
Other Posts in this series on Praying with the South Rose at the Chartres Cathedral:
(1) Meeting the Stained Glass Window
(2) The Center
(3) Symbols that still speak to us
(4) Censing angels
(5) The Eagle representing the gospel writer John
(6) What is neeeded now
(7) Praying for those who suffer
(8) Finding your focus