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.
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Sunday 4th January 2015
Eleven Pipers Piping remind us of the eleven Faithful Apostles: Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James bar Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas bar James. (Luke 6:14-16). The list does not include the twelfth disciple, Judas Iscariot who betrayed Jesus to the religious leaders and the Romans.
I remember being told that disciples are those who are “called” whilst apostles are those who are “sent”. You can see that in the story of Jesus, he called his followers then sent them out to others.
Look at yourself, if you are called to follow Jesus, you are also called to go out. Following Jesus means giving of yourself to others. Not in any great flourish or with trumpets announcing your arrival or the great deeds you may accomplish, but in service which was the Jesus way.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church