Friday 9th January 2015
How the church too often make much of it’s simplicity whilst holding onto buildings and wealth. In the shepherds of Christmas there is recognition of the poor and lowly nature of the followers of Jesus. The shepherds came as themselves, to recognise what they had been told was real. Wide-eyed and probably fearful they went into town expecting what…?
What do we expect of Jesus?
The shepherds must have been she’ll-shocked from the angel visitation. I can’t imagine them humming along with the angelic ‘Gloria’. More likely the ‘mighty dread’ of the carol would have been more realistic. However, they did what was asked and then found a baby in similar circumstances to their own, poor and lowly.
Even as a baby I’m fairly sure Jesus spoke to them. He was found to be like them, small and vulnerable….found to be like them….how real!?
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church