Readings for 2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5; 13-17 and Matthew 3.1-12
Thursday 9th March
John the Baptist seems like a hinge or maybe a bridge. He joins together the Old and the New Testaments, echoing the Old Testament prophet Elijah to prepare the way for Jesus in the New Testament. John is also a bridge between Jesus and those who are distant from him. Repent and be baptised he proclaims in order help people to cross the bridge and encounter Christ. One of the Church’s roles is to be a bridge or a hinge: holding together different elements of society, speaking out for all, and being at the interface between God and all humanity. Let us reach out to God even as we reach out to others so that people may touch upon the life of Christ through us.
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26 December 2014
The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God’s self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world.
Jesus is God’s greatest gift to us. The “two turtle doves”, the Old Testament and the New Testament, testify to His goodness and mercy and love. God relationship with humanity and the fulfilment of a promise. We are not alone, God understands our very nature and self. In the end Jesus leaves us with Peace and hope, the knowledge that He will return for us, the promise of eternal life with Him.
Today, the dove, a small white delicate bird, has become identified with Peace. From the first Peace, when the dove returned to Noah’s ark carrying a freshly plucked olive leaf, a sign that Peace between God and man had returned to the earth, to the new Peace, our redemption through Jesus Christ.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church