Advent Reflections: Day Nine

Then the scribes and Pharisees began to ask themselves,
“Who is this who speaks blasphemies?
Who but God alone can forgive sins?”
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them in reply,
“What are you thinking in your hearts?
Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise and walk?’
But that you may know
that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins?”
he said to the one who was paralyzed,
“I say to you, rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”

Luke 5:22-26

From time to time we all need for someone to tell us it’s time to rise and walk.  We lay down on the mat because we have been injured or are ill but after we’ve been healed sometimes we stay there. We are still weak, we get complacent, we get tired or afraid and we stay where we are. We choose to do daily readings like this and we attend Liturgies and we build communities for this very purpose. In these ways we afford God opportunities to say, “Rise and walk.” Today, as you contemplate this consider how you need to hear these words today. Consider in what areas of your life you find yourself unwilling to test your legs, unable to muster the energy to move forward into what is next.

Our movements today will reflect this verse by moving to the position of Elijah, a resting position and then transition to Standing.


Elijah

From our position yesterday of Hill and Valley, pull back to sit on your heels, forehead to the mat and arms reaching forward. If this is difficult you may widen at the knee before pulling back to your heels. Breathe here a few moments, considering what keeps you from standing or even wanting to stand. When you feel ready, change your breathing, hearing the words of Christ, “Rise and Walk.”

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Bring your hands to the mat before you, roll up on the ball of the foot, pressing up with your hands and straightening your legs. Bring hands to your thighs and hinge up at the hip supporting the low back. Bring hands into Prayer Position and spend another moment here, breathing this.

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