Bits and Pieces Advent Week Two

While the race towards Christmas is proceeding in the shops at a helter -skelter pace I find myself in somewhat sluggish gear today.
That's bad news for doing practical things like housework but what the heck.....
so maybe the contents of this post can reflect that slowness and sleepy 
I 'm thinking about Mary; which is probably completely out of synch with the order of things in the liturgy. This might be something to do with the second reading today :
" Do not ignore this one fact, beloved,
that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years
and a thousand years like one day."
so no wonder I'm a bit lost, but that's where I am and I don't suppose God cares too much. 
For what it's worth, I'd like Him/Her and the Holy Spirit for that matter, to know that I'm still trying to touch the mystery.

(On A Theme by Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Pamela Cranston
Look how long
the weary world waited,
locked in its lonely cell,
guilty as a prisoner.

As you can imagine,
it sang and whistled in the dark.

It hoped. It paced and puttered about,
tidying its little piles of inconsequence.

It wept from the weight of ennui,
draped like shackles on its wrists.
It raged and wailed against the walls
of its own plight.

But there was nothing
the world could do
to find its own freedom.

The door was shut tight.
It could only be opened
from the outside.

Who could believe the latch
would be turned by a pink flower —
the tiny hand
of a newborn baby?

© by Pamela Cranston, 2011

Denise Levertov (1923–1997)
On the Mystery of the Incarnation

It's when we face for a moment

the worst our kind can do, and shudder to know
the taint in our own selves, that awe
cracks the mind's shell and enters the heart:
not to a flower, not to a dolphin,
to no innocent form
but to this creature vainly sure
it and no other is god-like, God
(out of compassion for our ugly
failure to evolve) entrusts,
as guest, as brother,
the Word. 

The Annunciation story (Luke 1.26-38) is the crescendo point to scripture’s theme of total grace and gift. Did you ever notice that Mary does not say she’s “not worthy”? She only asks for clarification: “How can this happen? I am a virgin” (Luke 1.34). She never asks if, whether, or why!
That is quite extraordinary and reveals her egolessness. Mary becomes the archetype of perfect receptivity. It takes the entire Bible to work up to one perfect vessel that knows how to say an unquestioning yes to an utterly free gift.
Richard Rohr, from Things Hidden: Scripture as Spirituality, pp. 31-32

The Virgin Prayer (by Richard Rohr in The Naked Now)

God regarded her in her lowliness. -Luke 1 :48
You must seek to be a blank slate.
You must desire to remain unwritten on.
No choosing of this or that.
Not ‘I am good because.’
Nor ‘I am not good because.’
Neither excitement nor boredom.
Remaining Nothing, An unchosen virgin,
And unchoosing too, just empty.
No story line by which to start the day.
No identity enhancers or losses to make yourself valuable or not.
Nothing interesting, nothing uninteresting.
Neither against, nor for something.
Nothing to recall from yesterday.
Nothing to look forward to today.
Just me, naked, exposed,
No self to fix, change, or find,
Nothing to judge right or wrong,
Important or unimportant,
Worthy or unworthy,
I stand and wait, neither powerful nor powerless,

For You to name me,
For You to look upon my face,
For You to write my script,
For you to give the kiss,
In your time and in your way.
You always do. And it is always so much better.
And she gave birth to her firstborn, who was the Christ. -Luke 2:47

Instrumental music : As I Kneel Before You

This is such a gentle piece of music . 
I'm not ready for the bells and the jingle jangles yet.

As I kneel before you,
As I bow my head in prayer,
Take this day, make it yours
and fill me with your love.

Ave Maria,
                        Gratia plena, (Full of Grace)
                                      Dominus tecum,
(The Lord Is With You)
                             Benedicta tu. (Blessed are You)

All I have I give you,

Every dream and wish are yours,
Mother of Christ,
Mother of mine, present them to my Lord.

(Repeat Refrain)

As I kneel before you,
And I see your smiling face,
Every thought, every word
Is lost in your embrace.

Faces of Mary
Video shows morphing faces of the Virgin Mary. 
Presented over the sound of "The Magnificat" 

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