Another John the Baptist reading in a different setting. A new ministry beginning as a prison chaplain.
The reading and liturgy pointed to ministry amongst the imprisioned, but all that was spoken called out to each visitor, prison officer and fellow chaplain.
Each prayer and acclamation point the individual back to God through right relationship and the nurturing of self to God through th the same interaction.
Hear, then, this Advent call.
Tuesday 15th December
Traditionally any picture of John the Baptist, has the saint with one figure raised. No not as a cricket umpire – Dickie Birdesk.
John the Baptist is a pointer, destined to diminish as Jesus’ star rose. So he is shown with finger raised.
“Do not look to me, but to Jesus, to God,”
The looking away from self is an Advent theme for this week.
How have you pointed away from yourself and towards Jesus this Advent?
17 March 2015
Anna manages to unravel really complex theological treaties into simple understandable and reasoned pictures. These she walks her protector through until he understands.
“Fynn, that’s the difference. You see, everybody has got a point of view, but Mister God hasn’t. Mister God has only points to view.”
This is the picture and Fynn eventually works out the details and brush strokes.
“Points interview was a clumsy term. She meant viewing points……. Humanity has an infinite number of points of view, God has an infinite number of viewing points. That means – God is everywhere. I jumped”
Omnipresent – God has an infinite number of viewing points!
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church
Sunday 14th December 2014
“It is rude to point!” One of my grandma’s sayings. More importantly when you point at someone there are three other fingers that are pointing accusingly at you.
One of the characters of the New Testament focussed upon during Advent is John the Baptist. He points us in the direction of Jesus and tells us to turn to the light and repent.
I find John the Baptist an interesting individual. He recognised Jesus and his own unworthiness. I wonder in his pointing and his call to repentance, did he see three fingers pointing back?
During the festivities of the next week, you will see some people who appall you with their actions and overindulgence. As you point in your perfection, there will be three fingers pointing back at you too.
However, Jesus coming into the world is significant in that our failings are not there to wallow in, but are ever there to see light towards which we may turn afresh. “New every morning is the love, our waking and uprising prove!”
Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church