We refocus, we stop calculating. Indeed, ideally, as much as possible, we stop thinking. We stop cogitating. Stop the internal dialogue. “Wait, what did she mean when she looked at me that way?” “How should I respond to that blog entry? Or that news report about that Church scandal?” Not now, brain. Hush. We drop to the ground, acknowledging just these two things: Jesus’s self-emptying love for us, and our own sinfulness and unworthiness. Indeed, when we prostrate ourselves on the ground, as we do so much during this week’s church services, we are, with our bodies, reproducing the posture of the sinful woman who falls at Jesus’s feet.
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