The lion is a symbol of strength, courage, dignity–even royalty. Mark, whose symbol is the lion, in part because of his emphasis on Jesus’ kingship, portrays Christ’s royal strength as power to do God’s will. In light of all that is happening in the world today, I am trying to have the courage to follow Jesus by seeking solutions to violence–not participating in creating more.
O Christ, for the courage to follow You faithfully, I pray, especially when it is hard.
The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in the prophet Isaiah, “See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you,who will prepare your way; the voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight…’” Mark 1:1-3 NRSV
(Mark is portrayed as a lion in part because his gospel begins with a reference to John the Baptizer in the wilderness. The lion was an animal found in the wilderness of the Middle East.)
Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures…the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. Revelation 4:6-7 (NRSV)
Invitation to Prayer:
Do you want to have more courage to put Christ in the Center of your life and follow his words and example? As you consider this, recall recent images from terrorist attacks around the world. What prayers are emerging in your mind, heart, body, and imagination? Pray them now.
Photos: The lion (representing Mark) in the lower left 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 needed now
(7) Praying for those who suffer
(8) Finding your focus
(9) Luke, the gospel writer. Diversity.