December 19th DAY TWELVE: EAT
VISUALIZATION: From your sacred space, take 5 looong, deeeep breaths. Set a timer if you need. Try to spend at least 5 minutes here. Bring your focus to just one part of your body that you know needs healing, strength, or improvement. Imagine Jesus, as the divine physician, present with you, holding this part of you and you are looking back at him as he heals it. See it healed, feel how you would feel if it was better and imagine what you would do if this part was no longer an issue. Show Jesus your gratitude.
Staying in your sacred space, REFLECT on the following and if you would like, write any thoughts in your journal.
Read the good news from Matthew 14:19-20
I’m intrigued by two things about Christ in this story that we read about in all the gospels. The first is his compassion for this crowd of people whom he immediately senses their need for healing and their hunger. Secondly, his desire to have everyone sit down in the grass so he can feed them. Fits in nicely with our work this last week getting on the floor to be restored and re-energized. But also, 2,000 years later we see he is still gathering us together and feeding us to this day. It is remarkable. Read this story and really let all the elements sink in and contemplate what sticks out for you and why.
EAT. Gather and EAT for ENERGY & IMMUNITY
Depending on how open you are to gathering with others right now, I suggest offering an impromptu invitation to a friend(s) or family to gather together with you for a meal that stretches a long way. Maybe not quite like the 5 loaves, but close... Soup! Make it nourishing, energizing, and immunity supporting. In honor of the gospel reading, prepare a space on the floor to gather and eat, or if you want to brave an outdoor December bonfire, you can gather outside. However primal you can make it, do it. I hope this will fill your bellies and your souls. Need healthy soup ideas? Check out this website (I have no affiliation with the author): https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/what-to-make-now-healing-soups/
A prayer for your day: Lord, you offer yourself abundantly, may I receive you graciously in the Eucharist. Amen.