Tag Archives: John the Baptist

What Should We Do?

Sunday 13th December

We heard today of John the Baptist talking to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him. The crowd’s response was to ask John, “What should we do then?” 

John’s direction was clear and instruction away from self.

Go an do likewise.

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  Advent Calling?

Responding to God?

We heard of John the Baptist yesterday, sometimes seen as a prophet of the old order.

His calling is two fold. Turn to God and be prepared to be forgiven.

How often is the first heard but not the second.

To be forgiven is freeing – the bonds that crowd us in when we hold onto guilt and harm – when let go of because we are forgiven allow us to unlock  such potential.

Repent and be forgiven is not just about God, but also of neighbour.

If forgiven by a neighbour the potential is just as great. 

 A good (forgiving) neighbour?

  

Savour

22nd January 2015

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All cheeky choristers know that as well as the angel Gabriel telling Mary that she was a ‘most highly favoured lady’, the chronicler mis-heard the acclamation and initially wrote the a recipe for ‘most highly flavoured gravy!’ I still struggle to sing the orthodox word.

And yet I follow Jesus, ‘dedicated’ and ‘favoured’ by God.

The outworking of Jesus humanity is the absolute flavour that he asks us to live.

We are to savour and live with a flavour recognised by any who see us.

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

Well Pleased.

21st January 2015

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“This is my Son, my beloved of whom I am well pleased!”

John the Baptist, and others who were present witnessed this dedication. Jesus reacted by retiring into the solitude of the wilderness to contemplate this dedication.

The Son of God and sharer in humanity – two titles we might give to Jesus. So how about you?

“My child, my beloved of whom I am well pleased!” – how do you feel about that? How will you react to hearing this statement.

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

‘Do what is right’!

20th January 2015

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Jesus was baptised in the Jordan as an act of repentance and forgiveness. John felt that he shouldn’t be baptising Jesus. Unworthiness can prohibit our approach and working with God’s grace.

Yet Jesus was concerned with doing what was right. Others were watching and holiness, this wild, turning repentance gripped the people of Judah.

John recognised Jesus, his own diminishing star and Jesus rising divinity.

Could we let go of our self, our achievements and our ego in the same way.

Although a long time since our own baptism the echo to ‘do what is right’!

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

What Will Be…..Will Be…!

19th January 2015

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Sometime in July 1965 at just a little less than a month old I was baptised. Little did my parents know that their son would become a priest. Yet, twenty odd years later a mine workers son would be ordained into the church.

John the Baptist, it seems, knew of and the future for Jesus. He recognised Jesus as a person and his relationship to God.

If John had been at my baptism what would he have seen? What would have seen in you?

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

Shared Grace?

18th January 2015

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The Son of God and sharer in humanity.

During the days after Epiphany we are show other visions of Jesus. We launch forward to Jesus’ baptism in the river Jordan by John the Baptist.

In a repeat of yesterday’s theme, Jesus was baptised, drenched in the Jordan as an act of repentance and forgiveness. As we were at our Baptism.

This was not just for Jesus’ followers to respond to in a similar manner, but for us to recognise that Jesus shared and shares still the grace and love of his and our Father.

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church