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Wednesday 30 December
A reading for today was an abridges account of Anna recognising Jesus in the temple.
Anna praises God and tells everyone she meets something about the wonder of the visitation. She had spent her time in the temple day and night fasting and praying; but after touching Jesus her actions changes to proclamation.
5 February 2015
The Gospel for the 5th Sunday in Epiphany ‘showing’ or ‘revealing’ Jesus. Being ‘Presented at the Temple. Below is the text for the next batch of reflections.
When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”, and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,
Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,you may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles,and the glory of your people Israel.” The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
Sunday 28th December 2014
The Four Calling Birds represent The Four Gospels of St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke, and St. John, which proclaim the Good News of God’s reconciliation of the world to Himself in Jesus Christ.
I wonder what books are in your top ten favourites? And what are the themes and story-lines that hold you? What to you take from that book that relates to you directly?
Scripture is a gathering of books. The Old Testament gives an account of God’s relationship with humanity and specifically the people of Israel. The New Testament tells of our connection with God through Jesus and the working out of that connection through the letters and documents of the early church. But the Gospels, they call to us directly.
The bible is not a book to beat other people or yourself with, but to guide and inform. Scripture should be an Inspiration and guide; to be used and read.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church h