5Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
but a body you have prepared for me;
6in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.”
7Then I said, ‘See, God, I have come to do your will, O God’
(in the scroll of the book it is written of me).”
8When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9then he added, “See, I have come to do your will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. 10And it is by God’s will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
- Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
- Sit is silent meditation five to fifteen minutes paying attention to the deep breath.
- As you pay attention to your deep breath, lower or close your eyes as you feel led, focusing on your interior space.
- Notice the invitation to accept new life growing in you.
- Embrace the new life in you.
- Notice how your body creates a warm, cocooned space for this new life to grow.
- Notice how your body wants to nurture and to be gentle.
- Are there any obstacles to this new life that need to be removed?
- Let the obstacles go to make room for growth.
- Feel the warmth and light of this new growth.
- Does it have a name?
- Hear the good news of this Advent season. There is new life growing in you and anticipating birth.
- Give thanks to God for this gift of New Life and for any new insights you have received.
- Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, December 23, 2018, the Third Sunday of Advent (Year C)
Canticle Luke 1:46b-55
Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)
(c) 2018 The Rev. Dr. Lil Smith, DASD. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings. Please give credit to author.