Many thanks to Carol for hosting our first Spiritual Thursday of 2021.
I wrote about my OLW, OX, in last week's Poetry Friday post. Ox is an animal special to cultures around the globe but is rarely center stage. An ox may be part of a nativity scene or in ancient art of sacrifice, or in photos of agrarian life. But, the ox is not usually the point of what we see.
What parts of life do I not pay attention to?
The photo below is an abstract sculpture of a winged ox on a church in Sheffield England. In the Old Testament, priests would have sacrificed an ox as a blood offering. In New Testament symbolism, the ox represents St. Luke as Christ was portrayed in a priestly manner.
Through the wonders of the internet, I traveled to St. Luke's Church. I poked around their website, got a feeling for the spiritual and temporal work of the community. Even though I don't know a single person there, I feel connected to them by finding their ox. This week, I notice and keep the people of St. Luke's in prayer.
|The abstract form of a winged ox on the wall of a church in Lodge Moor, #Sheffield. Sculpted by Rex Sellers in 1965|