Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
Remember back to the last time you received good news. Did you get it from a friend? a boss? a spouse? a child?
Imagine if after getting that good news you realized the full impact of that news, the way your blessing might spread throughout the entire world. Imagine if the good news you received was suddenly expanded from your own tiny world and expanded to cover all of humanity.
This is the story of the mother of God.
In saying “yes” to this good news, she said “yes” to the Good News that would reach every part of our human story going forward. The reality of this Advent season is the admission that Christmas is more than a remembrance of one child’s birth, thousands of years ago. For the Christian it is a reminder of the Good News entering the world as flesh and blood, it is a reminder that his death would transform us all as he showed himself to be the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.
Our position today is called Lamb of God. We take the position used earlier in the series, Sacrifice and we make ourselves into a representation of that aspect of Advent.
From Sacrifice, we release the right leg, extending it as we are able and then we release the right arm, lifting it forward and upward. Lift at the heart to keep the lower back and neck in right relationship to the body. Breathe into the position, using your anchoring image or word from earlier in this series. You may also focus on the verse for today or even the verse the informs this position throughout the year “
The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him
and he said, “Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world!”