Advent Reflections: Day 19

In the sixth month,
the angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
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.”

But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.

Luke 1: 26-38

Mary received this shocking news, from a shocking source in a time when she could have been discarded or destroyed for that very news. She was told by the angel that she was chosen to be the mother of God and her response to this news was “yes.” Mary said “yes.” This is important. She chose a path that would be fraught with difficulty and in the face of that she agreed. “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” From here, she navigated the road as it unfolded before her, forever changed for having said “yes.”

As we move closer to the end of Advent, the end of waiting in hope, consider what God asks of you. Consider those times when you are willing to say “yes.” And consider too, what keeps you from saying “yes” to Him. Today, focus on this idea of “yes.”  Breathe that as you move into the DoxaSoma position.

We’ll begin by transitioning from Standing to Mat. From yesterday’s position of Throne bring your fingertips to the mat, keep knees bent as much as necessary. Then, drop knees to the mat and find yourself in a hands and knees mat position.

From Throne Position...

From Throne Position…

Bring fingertips to the floor...

Bring fingertips to the mat…

 

Bring knees to the mat

Bring knees to the mat

Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.

Ps 24: 3-4

The responsorial reading today is taken from Psalms and it is reminiscent of our Gospel reading, this idea of Mary saying “yes.” Who is worthy to carry the son of God? Who can stand in that holy place? Mary desired that which was not vain. She chose to say “yes.” Today, our position is “Holy Ground.” After transitioning from Standing come to hands and knees position. Bring your forehead slowly to the mat and then push back up to hands and knees. Do this slowly, breathing steadily. If you would like to add intensity you can lift your feet from the mat toward your glutes.

Holy Ground

Holy Ground

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