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Counted.

9. When Mary was very big and the baby was soon to be born, the emperor said that everyone must visit their home town to be counted. Mary and Joseph had to go to Nazareth.




We can be so comfortable; warm and well fed, sane and intelligent. But not so everyone. There are those of our acquaintance, who are cold because of an uncaring society; hungry for contact; ill  at ease with depression; struggling in a world that demands competency or rejects because of poverty.

Christ the King/Emperor demand that we are counted. When we conclude our faith is truthful, it is not enough to understand in our heads, we must be counted with those who act like Jesus. We are told to be counted; to touch with human kindness, to speak with someone we know to be lonely, to listen to the disturbed, to ask the opinion of someone left behind.

Lord grant me the grace to follow you command to love God and my neighbour. By observing the first may I react to the second.

All Things New

12th February 2014

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Anna’s and Simeon’s prophecies share a note of hope and expectation, along with declarations that in this child God’s promise is moving into realisation.

Going back to the beginning of Epiphany there was a showing of rich and poor, learned and ordinary, kingship, worship and death. Glimpses of who and what Jesus is to become.

This series of thoughts ends with the mature, with male and female the promise of hope and expectation.

Whatever your gender or status etc. God’s love makes all things new and all things possible.

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church

Are You Barred?

13th January 2015

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These Wise-one, Kings or Magi and indeed the visiting shepherds all give vision, give Epiphany to different groups of people. The shepherds visit on behalf of the poor and lowly, the Kings represent power and wealth. The shepherd represent the downtrodden and uneducated, the wisemen the knowledgable and knowing. The shepherds are seen as the visitation of the Jewish nation, whilst the magi as the Gentile world.

In our prejudice we would easily keep someone from meeting Jesus. Whoever the wise-ones or shepherds represent, they too would naturally turn into gate keepers; blocking the Jew or Gentile, the rich or poor, the wise, who got the wrong theology or the simple, because they could not understand.

The Epiphany showing is that there is real open invitation to visit Him.

The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church