Central to a theology of resurrection is the conviction that bodies matter; if Jesus life is renewed as an embodied life, which the Church has always taught – even when it is hard to find the words to express such a thing – this is because bodies are central to what it means to be human, and God is concerned with bodies.
It is easy to think of our prayer as somehow being separate from our body. But this cannot be the case, as it is in and as our bodies that we pray. So, for the next few weeks we will be reflecting on – and practising – prayer in our bodies.
Find a position to sit that is comfortable and alert. If possible, ensure that your spine is straight, your head is up, and you are as relaxed as you can be.
Be aware of your head and neck; what is the position of your head, is your jaw clenched, are your eyes compressed, is your forehead furrowed? Insofar as you can, let the muscles relax.
Our capacities to see, to hear, to speak, to think are all based in our head. Reflect on what you have seen heard, said today – give thanks for all that has been good and life enhancing. Ask forgiveness for all that has been life denying in yourself or others.
Luke tells us how Mary treasured the words and events around Jesus’ birth and life and thought on them. What story of Jesus means most to you? Think about it; why do you respond to it, what does it invite you to?