Wednesday 21 December
How stories fire the imagination. Old classics be they fairy tales or myths from legend. Expressions of humanity that underline significant desires to recognise the good, the potential and positives of life and our desire for them to be ‘right’.
A fine story sets the scene, sets down markers for us to equate ourselves alongside. Place, people and character information give us a sense of the narrative and make the whole tale personal to us.
When you look at Matthew’s account of Jesus’ birth all these elements are laid out for us. The incarnation needs a place, a cast of characters and some background.
We all know the traditional birth narrative. It is close to our hearts in its simplicity, but its familiarity may hide the stark and most important facts.
Looking with new eyes – within eternity God chose to place Jesus in a small town in Israel at a particular point in that country’s history. He was born to a specific mother in an unconventional family for the time. This birth was not heralded in a royal court, but in some dark, similarly insignificant countryside.
If there, if then, if……then why not to me, here in my unworthy circumstance.
That is the amazing point of the incarnation, it speaks of new possibilities.
As I read or hear the Christmas story anew, may I see, my I know the desire of God to be a part of my existence and the lives of those among whom I move. God of entity you are ultimately the God of an infinite number of moments in time when you break into the human state. In Jesus, in me and in my neighbour. Grant me grace to live as part of your story. Amen
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Thursday 24 November
The scout motto, ‘Be Prepared’ is a wonderful focus for Advent.
The inference is that as a scout you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your duty. The idea is to “Be prepared in mind by having disciplined yourself to be obedient to every order, and also by having thought out beforehand any accident or situation that might occur, so that you know the right thing to do at the right moment, & are willing to do it” and to “Be prepared in body by making yourself strong and active and able to know the right thing at the right moment, and do it.”
Next Sunday’s Gospel has Jesus saying, “Keep awake, therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.” Matthew 24.36-44
In this season of preparation give us a sense of how to be ready, how to live in the new creation. Help us look to bring to fruition the dream of Jesus of our closeness to the Father bringing freedom and perfect readiness. Amen
Thursday 28 January
Matthew 26: 17-35 was the reading at morning prayer the other day. We heard the account from the last supper when Jesus pointed out the one to betray him was the one who dipped the bread in the bowl. Then Judas name is mentioned and we all tend to nod and recognise the “bad ‘un”.
And then one of those moments of awareness.
The account goes on to tell of Jesus predicting the abandonment by all the disciples. Did not they all dip bread with him, weren’t all of them betrayers of trust?
We all look for the Judas without recognising our hand in the dish.
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