13. Jesus was born. He was wrapped up, and placed in the animal’s hay to sleep.
Modernity had ruined contentment. There seems nothing that is more abhorrent today than being comfortable. Change has become the ideological drive of the day, everything must renew or be cast aside because it seems to be comfortable whilst being contented is all but sinful and decay.
Where though on earth can the wholeness and holiness of a child settled and sleeping lead?
“Don’t disturb the baby” a couple receiving guests will say,”they took ages to settle!” From comfort and calmness a child grows naturally. I believe, I hope the part of Jesus development was in love and stability generated from Mary and Joseph.
9 April 2015
This is not a specifically Christian comment, but something of a spiritual norm that is confirmed by my own faith.
The drives in life which make us need more or try and achieve the greatest goal can never be a resurrection goal.
“Life in its fullness is found in the quiet realisation of the blessings of today and not the promise of tomorrow. The most content (and holy) I have ever met are most often those who relish the moment and the interactions of the day. Those in front of you become the most beautiful and successful by their being there and not because of their achievements.
See Jesus and the lilies etc.
Just be one of the Easter people.
Revd Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield
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27th January 2015
Nathanael follow with a promise ringing in his ears, “You will see greater things than these!”
So it will be for all who follow Jesus. We cannot hear His call and not let ourselves be changed. The plights and delights of other cannot be ignored in the framework of God’s loving example in Jesus.
What have you done today, differently because of this Epiphany?
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
24th January 2015
So Philip says to Nathaniel, ‘We have found him about whom Moses and the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’
Nathanael answers Philip's exitement.said, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’
I wonder, had Nathanael been sitting under the fig tree in contemplative mood, before Philip hit him with the amazing news about the Messiah?
Contemplating his peaceful existence and knowledge of God as he shaded himself under a fig tree, ‘All’s right with the world” ; or Nathanael, far from being content with the way things were, resented the lack of peace and security under the brutal Roman occupation and dreamed of a new order and the time of the Messiah.
Where are you sitting? Are you content or restless ?
The Revd Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
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Perhaps, just perhaps all that holiness entails is: “Talking to the Father,” and holiness occurs when “there is nothing between us.”
This is part of a much longer conversation I danced today.
The person I am referring to is a very self-contented individual, calm and happy. She continued by saying that she had never asked anything of God.
I foolishly asked: “Why not?”
“He has always fulfilled my needs without asking,” was her innocent reply, “I have always known God’s words to me – ‘you are my child and I protect you’.
Perfect, beautiful holiness radiates from her, in quiet acceptance of life now and heavenly life afterwards.