In HTGP we are looking at Advent in an even more contemplative way than we do normally.
Rather than listen to homilies as we normally do, this season we have decided to replace the homily with a short guided meditation which is attempting to help us put ourselves in the story, though a variety of characters, and ask ourselves some relevant questions.
Last week we took the character of Mary … the mediation is shared below ….
You can hear the audio version here.
Can you imagine
for a little while
what it was like for Mary?
A young woman.
A faithful woman.
A person going about her normal everyday business, not harming others, being helpful, being ‘good’ … whatever good looks like!
God called her ‘favoured one.’
Did you realise …
God calls you the same …. does that description fit you?
What description would you use …. tell God that description ….. what is God’s response to you?
Can you imagine that day for Mary?
She was clearing the cellar, singing away to herself when it happened.
An angel … bright as could be was suddenly there
I wonder how she felt?
How would you have felt?
Would you have stayed …. or run ….
Would you have listened ….. or frozen in fear
And that message
you will be carrying The King of the universe
Awesome ….. or scary?
But of course
Jesus lives in our hearts
we are all pregnant with Jesus
What effect does that have on us?
on our normal everyday matter of fact life?
Maybe, like Mary, you feel to unimportant to carry Jesus
Maybe, like Mary, you think you are too young
Maybe, like Mary, you fear no one will believe you
But …. Jesus lives in you … and me … and all of us
Whether we recognise Jesus or not
He is here
As we sit and stare at Jesus
and Jesus at us
listen to what Jesus is saying ……
What does the son of God say to you tonight?