11. When Mary and Joseph arrived in Nazareth, there was no room in the inn.
‘There was no room’ makes a sadness well up in me. I have been told of broken lives and relationships that floundered because there was ‘no room’. A heart rejected, a job made redundant, a love mislaid or a plea forsaken.
We proclaim grace unlimited but can act as if for someone else there is ‘no room’. The Advent call is to repentance and restoration. If you have signalled ‘no room’ how do you repent and restore?
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Readings for 2nd Sunday in Lent
Genesis 12: 1-4a, Romans 4: 1-5; 13-17 and Matthew 3.1-12
Friday 10th March
“Repent for the Kingdom of God has come near.” Repent. Take some time today and consider where you have turned away from God and other people, ask the Holy Spirit to shed light on those areas which are hidden and which you might avoid thinking about. And then repent – ask for God’s forgiveness in the knowledge that he will cleanse you. And turn and return endlessly towards God. Seek those things which build and avoid those things which destroy. And when you get it wrong, which you will, turn again to God. “Repent for the Kingdom of God has come near.”
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Responding to God?
We heard of John the Baptist yesterday, sometimes seen as a prophet of the old order.
His calling is two fold. Turn to God and be prepared to be forgiven.
How often is the first heard but not the second.
To be forgiven is freeing – the bonds that crowd us in when we hold onto guilt and harm – when let go of because we are forgiven allow us to unlock such potential.
Repent and be forgiven is not just about God, but also of neighbour.
If forgiven by a neighbour the potential is just as great.
A good (forgiving) neighbour?
26 April 2015
how often do we judge others or just right them off because a single event or occurrence?
The cross and the rising of Jesus give us an imperative that we look with Easter eyes at people and places.
Resurrection is not just something of the first Easter. We are called to make it so every Sunday and everyday.
Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield
21st January 2015
“This is my Son, my beloved of whom I am well pleased!”
John the Baptist, and others who were present witnessed this dedication. Jesus reacted by retiring into the solitude of the wilderness to contemplate this dedication.
The Son of God and sharer in humanity – two titles we might give to Jesus. So how about you?
“My child, my beloved of whom I am well pleased!” – how do you feel about that? How will you react to hearing this statement.
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