23. The wise men gave myrrh, to show that Jesus would die.
The incarnation of Jesus is not just for Christmas. The wise men sensed there was something powerful in the birth of this child. Myrrh, a bye-product of incense resin, had been used in ancient burial rites for eons. So, these visitors might as well have given a coffin! A portent, a guess, a mistake, why would they make such an offering. I suppose any incarnation, fully valid, would have worked out in death or full humanity for Jesus would have been no more than a cheap trick or God playing at the human state. Did the wise men imagine the cross or were they just acknowledging the human frailty that must end?
Pray for those whose lives are ending at this time, those who you have loved and lost. Remember too through the gift of myrrh Jesus too followed that path – horribly in the cross.
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Tuesday 20 December
Looking at a totally new way? Well, we could start by forgetting everything we know about Jesus, his birth, growing, ministry, death and resurrection. You see we come to Christmas with the account from last year embedded in us; our knowledge, understanding and experience.
A new way? That God becomes a raw slip of humanity; in an insignificant state before the ‘dark ages’ had begun.
The question to ask is simply ‘Why?’
That is the question submerged beneath our knowledge, understanding and experience. Look in a mirror, closely at yourself and then reflect.
Jesus born so long ago into insignificance gives you an eternal link to God. Not a distant ethereal link but by flesh and blood, physical, emotional and spiritual link.
Lord, when I think you are distant, remind me that I can see your humanity revealed in Jesus by looking in a mirror. In barest humanity the baby at Bethlehem brought you into our bodily sphere – close and a human person like me.
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Saturday 20 February
Who was Jesus?
A concept which is hard to define.
One of Huddersfield Parish Church books for Lent is “Jesus the Evangelist” by Robin Gamble, who is our speaker this Wednesday (24th February).
Although the book looks to Jesus as a model for the way we live and transmit the Gospel, an opening statement is that it is hard and denying of Jesus to define him. Indeed to pigeon-hole him is to make him smaller, less than he is.
Even to try and describe him is to lessen his humanity, never-mind his divinity.
2 April 2015
Cloud Atlas is a science fiction film adapted from the 2004 novel Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, the film has multiple plotlines set across six different eras.
It has been described as ‘an exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.’ Watch out as a few actors play different characters in different times & places.
The inter-connectiveness of creation is quite subtle yet scream at you throughout the story.
Dir Andy & Lana Wachowski, & Tom Tykwer (Cert 15)
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield
31 March 2015
“A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.”
Themes of self doubt and salvation. The drive of the human will winning through!
Best on a big screen?
Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney
Dir. Alfonso Cuaron (Cert 12)