Wednesday 21 December
How stories fire the imagination. Old classics be they fairy tales or myths from legend. Expressions of humanity that underline significant desires to recognise the good, the potential and positives of life and our desire for them to be ‘right’.
A fine story sets the scene, sets down markers for us to equate ourselves alongside. Place, people and character information give us a sense of the narrative and make the whole tale personal to us.
When you look at Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth all these elements are laid out for us. The incarnation needs a place, a cast of characters and some background.
We all know the traditional birth narrative. It is close to our hearts in its simplicity, but its familiarity may hide the stark and most important facts.
Looking with new eyes – within eternity God chose to place Jesus in a small town in Israel at a particular point in that country’s history. He was born to a specific mother in an unconventional family for the time. This birth was not heralded in a royal court, but in some dark, similarly insignificant countryside.
If there, if then, if……then why not to me, here in my unworthy circumstance.
That is the amazing point of the incarnation, it speaks of new possibilities.
As I read or hear the Christmas story anew, may I see, my I know the desire of God to be a part of my existence and the lives of those among whom I move. God of entity you are ultimately the God of an infinite number of moments in time when you break into the human state. In Jesus, in me and in my neighbour. Grant me grace to live as part of your story. Amen
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Wednesday 23 November
You will often hear the saying that people “have never had it so good”. The line was used in the 1950’s by the Prime Minister of the day, Harold Macmillan. The whole context was one of optimism, what we can achieve from this point in time.
One of last Sunday’s readings, Colossians 1.13, told us we belong to the new age of Christ and we are already citizens of heaven. Our lives should befit this calling because in salvation terms we “have never had it so good”.
From Christ the King last Sunday we move to Advent and simultaneously await Jesus birth and return.
Are you already a part of the new age and how does that inform our preparation?
Looking for the blessings of today, the ever present prospect and reality of ’God with Us’ , may we be found ready and expectant of the Kingdom now and in the whole of this Advent season. Amen
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Continued showings of Jesus before the Lenten themed ‘Thourghts’ next week.
John 1:1-5, 9-14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
12th February 2014
Anna’s and Simeon’s prophecies share a note of hope and expectation, along with declarations that in this child God’s promise is moving into realisation.
Going back to the beginning of Epiphany there was a showing of rich and poor, learned and ordinary, kingship, worship and death. Glimpses of who and what Jesus is to become.
This series of thoughts ends with the mature, with male and female the promise of hope and expectation.
Whatever your gender or status etc. God’s love makes all things new and all things possible.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
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5 February 2015
The Gospel for the 5th Sunday in Epiphany ‘showing’ or ‘revealing’ Jesus. Being ‘Presented at the Temple. Below is the text for the next batch of reflections.
When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”, and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles,and the glory of your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church