Praying with the South Rose (11): Matthew, the Gospel Writer

The gospel (book) that Matthew wrote is the focal point of this image. Contemplating its open pages, I become aware of a deep longing to make God’s story available to a world that very much needs it.

My prayer:

Christ, help me to show others how You are. As we face increasing fear, alienation, and violence, may my images and words help us all to see how Your love can transform our lives and societies.

Winged man representing Matthew in the South Rose by Jill K H Geoffrion


Biblical Touchstones:

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:

Winged man representing Matthew in the South Rose by Jill K H Geoffrion

What symbol might you place in your hands to show others the God you know and love? Place your hands as you see Matthew doing, and imagine holding it with confidence. What prayers are emerging in your mind, heart, body, and imagination? Pray them now.

Photos: The winged man (representing Matthew) in the upper left corner of the second circle in the south rose stained glass window (1221-1230) at the Chartres Cathedral in France.

Angel incensing near Christ, South Rose Window by Jill K H Geoffrion


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.
(10) Mark, the gospel writer. The courage to follow Jesus.

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