Examen (Proper 19C)

Jeremiah 4:11-12, 22-28
It seems like the only time we reflect on our lives is around New Year’s when we’re getting ready to make a resolution. Today’s passage invites you to reflect on the good and evil/bad that you do. As part of Ignatius of Loyola‘s Spiritual Exercises, there is a daily examen that asks you to do the same thing each day. Write the good things you did on the right side of the paper and the times that you fell short on the left. Then divide the paper in half and rip the times you fell short into tiny pieces while considering how you will do better the next day. Then toss them to the wind or throw them in the trash.

Psalm 14
Let’s focus on verse 2. Normally, we see God watching for all the bad things we do and see God as angry, which is reflected in the psalm. But God also smiles when we do good things. So draw one of the good things you’ve done recently in a cartoon style while God looks down from the clouds.

1 Timothy 1:12-17
This is one of those biblical scholarship moments: Paul did not write 1 Timothy, it was written after his death by people carrying on his tradition by claiming his name to give the writings authority. It was a common practice during the time.
To make the letter your own, rewrite the list of wrongs in verse 13. Use the text of the letter with your revisions as a background for artwork of yourself rejoicing at the mercy God has shown you.

Luke 15:1-10
This is a mixed media or collage piece using the image of yourself rejoicing and surround it with angels celebrating your rejection of your old ways.

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