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Go Do Likewise

24. 2000 years later, we come with the shepherds, with the wise men, with Mary and Joseph; to worship Jesus and to wonder at the child who would save the world.
The focus of Advent is the coming of Jesus at Christmas and His return. As we have retold the Christmas story through the Huddersfield Parish Church Advent calendar we have encountered what it means that “God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit” is with us. We have heard and responded with small significant moments of worship, moved our focus from ourselves, beyond to focus on God and neighbour. This is the Jesus effect! From the Godly realm to a human state and earthly relationships. As Jesus said after the parable of the Good Samaritan – “Go, do likewise!

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Somewhere to Stay

12. Mary and Joseph found somewhere with the animals where they could stay.

Jesus said: “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

Somewhere to stay for Mary and Joseph was not a five star hotel, not even a second rate B and B; but somewhere outside regulation perfection; ‘beggars can’t be choosers’ is the old adage. If this part of the Christmas story is allegory for you and your position before God, let me encourage you. No matter how small and insignificant, however unclean or unworthy; God will dwell in you. The Jesus who spoke of us ‘asking’, ‘seeking’ and ‘knocking’ gave and still gives himself as the example for us to follow.

Great Expectations 

10. It was a long and difficult journey, especially for Mary whose tummy was getting very big because the baby was nearly ready to be born.

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There is a strange encumbrance, a draw back to being heavily pregnant; how you move, what you can eat it or drink. What a time for Mary to take a long journey? There must have been great expectation, in the simple birth of a first child and this promise of Emmanuel.

Advent can be a time of preparation as we move toward the birth of the Christ-child. We may grow wise in the encumbrances or draw backs in our own spirituality in this ‘long and difficult journey’ we call life.

What burden do we gift to Jesus that he would carry for us?

Great Things.

8. Mary said, “God does great things: because of my baby the hungry will be fed, the poor will be lifted up.”

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‘Christ be with me, Christ within me’ – such a subtle prayer that can only reflect Mary’s song.

Mary understood the significance of her baby. In the eye of the wise, those who saw her (Elizabeth) and those who were to see her babe (Simeon), there seems to develop a critical prophetic eye. That the child will grow to be a mover and shaker, but not in the business or political sense. Jesus was to become the Emmanuel- ‘God with us’ – for the poor and marginalised.

Therefore in the prayer ‘Christ be with me, Christ within me’ maybe we should hear Mary saying to us, “God does great things: because of my son in you, the hungry will be fed, the poor will be lifted up.”

May you reflect the Christ light in you dealings, particularly the marginalised today. Do something that shows that light today.

Hail Mary!

Mary and Joseph

3. About 2000 years ago, there was a young Woman called Mary, and a young Man called Joseph.

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Specific in a time, specific in location and specifically for two people. Ordinary in their culture the story is set. On one hand pinpointed within history and yet unremarkable in the persons involved. The incarnation is place in time and yet seemly random in Joseph an Mary. They are not who we would choose in salvation’s vision but they are where the story becomes real, beyond prophesy. If these two,  why not you?bYou are also a part of God’s involvement in humanity specific in a time and specific in location.
Give thanks today for your blessings today. But then dwell on what can be in the Kingdom of God here and now.

Servant King

 

Saturday 24 December

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The baby was wrapped in bands of cloth an placed in a manger.

This is, of course, the same person whose body would be wrapped in strips of cloth and placed in the tomb.

As a baby and as the adult servant King helpless and dependent on others. Giving up himself to the wills of humanity. God still comes to us, emptying himself so that we might meet him.

Can we ever be as vulnerable as him?

Can we open ourselves to the will and love and life of God as he meets us this Christmas?

Almighty God, who has power beyond all that we can comprehend, you meet us in the form of a  tiny baby and broken body. By your Holy Spirit, enable us to put aside all pride and so to be ready to welcome you as Mary did with open arms. Amen.