9. When Mary was very big and the baby was soon to be born, the emperor said that everyone must visit their home town to be counted. Mary and Joseph had to go to Nazareth.
We can be so comfortable; warm and well fed, sane and intelligent. But not so everyone. There are those of our acquaintance, who are cold because of an uncaring society; hungry for contact; ill at ease with depression; struggling in a world that demands competency or rejects because of poverty.
Christ the King/Emperor demand that we are counted. When we conclude our faith is truthful, it is not enough to understand in our heads, we must be counted with those who act like Jesus. We are told to be counted; to touch with human kindness, to speak with someone we know to be lonely, to listen to the disturbed, to ask the opinion of someone left behind.
Lord grant me the grace to follow you command to love God and my neighbour. By observing the first may I react to the second.
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17 April 2015
Lily was a life and soul person who was outgoing and yet gentle. With her age she became trapped by diabetese which sent her blind.
For a number of years she was restricted to home, not even making it to church. She was becoming smaller by the month and yet resisted nursing care with a will of iron.
When eventually she tried respite care, she realised what she had been missing and booked her place a month later. Two weeks before that date Lily rang the home and pleaded to be accepted straight away as she couldn’t bear the solitude any longer.
Lily became the soul of her nursing home as she resurrected her strength and vitality. She became a tonic to the ‘old people’ around her.
Other people recognised Lily as an Easter person.
Rev’d Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield
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