Category Archives: Christmas Thoughts

Context 3

Saturday 23 January

We met with a group of elders from the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, who have a held fortnight festival at Huddersfield Parish Church during the last three summers.

One of the discussion was based around conflicting expectations as two very different cultures and branches of Christianity met. The basis of the meeting was that there had been friction generated by sheer numbers of people worshipping and residing in one medium sized West Yorkshire church.

The resolution will be met through conversation and understanding each other’s context – with no small amount of give and take.

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Context 2

Friday 22 January

How would the new fourteen unit rule speak to the ‘Wine at Cana’ incident’? The word bounty would be replaced with the accusation of binging and some serious questions ask about such gluttonous and dangerous behaviour.

Context has something to say.

Celebration and bounty seated in the New Testament context. What was expected, what was needed and the shame avoided for the wedding couple and family.

A different time, a different place, a different situation and different set of people and the ‘glory’ outcome would have been the same, the belief in Jesus would have been the same.

The context would have different!

  

Context 1

Thursaday 21 January

Jesus at the ‘Cana’  incident, acted in the moment and specifically to the problem in front of him, and so ‘revealed his glory’. There is something wholly appropriate to the moment and the people involved. 

It grates with me when the moment and the person and kingdom hits against the rule and the rule takes precedence. 

Jesus creates wine not a buffet, he uses the people and objects at hand and his grace is revealed.

Go, do likewise. Deliver God grace in context.

Jesus Work

Wednesday 20 January 

High in the Yorkshire Dale, remote and wild, we slow down, talk, listen and ruminate.

At the Cana Wedding Jesus couldn’t initially be involved beyond being a guest. ‘My time is not now!’

We are looking at time scales and the possible.

Jesus did the impossible and his disciples began to believe in him.

What can I do today that tastes of Jesus work?

  

Found Present

Monday 18 January

This wedding in Cana; Jesus, his crew and his mother. We don’t know how many others other than wine ran out and was replenished in large amounts. We don’t even know whose wedding it was the everyone was celebrating.

But is was an occasion that was not unusual for the day. A large gathering and a large celebration. And God was there in the centre of the celebration. 

No quiet mediation here. Just an ordinary joyful occasion marking the changing of lives. Another place God was found present!

The Ordinary

Sunday 17 January

The Wedding at Cana and the water into wine. My skill is the reverse of the story.

The plain and ordinary becomes fruitful and magnificent.

Cannot God take the ordinariness of our very selves and make it fruitful and magnificent?

Mary,at the same wedding, got it spot on! “Do what He tells you.” 

 

Revealing

Saturday 16 January

Dismantling the conversation of a funeral visit with a colleague, it became apparent how such conversations can be ‘Epiphanies’ in their own right.

Only when we are authentic with people. When we listen and comprehend their own spirituality and position in the moment, be it grief or celebration. When we honour where they are and reflect for them, will they begin to hear the gospel message we proclaim.

There is no point in shouting at the deaf, if we are the cause of their hearing loss!