16. The shepherds found the baby and then were so happy and excited that they told lots of other people the news.
I always dream of one of the shepherds turning out to be one of Jesus favoured disciples some years later. From their calling to the stable in Bethlehem, their visitation and their spreading of the news; they waited and watched.
Here is the nub of our faith; we hear, we act and we tell. When we are comfortable with this path we will be drawn into repetition. We cannot stop hearing, but then neither can we cease acting as Jesus called and neither can we stop telling of the worth and worship we find in Jesus presence.
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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
Tuesday 7th March
The end of the Genesis reading has Abram going as the Lord had told him. It is hard to discern God’s calling for us, it is difficult to work out which is God’s voice from among the clamour. But are we willing to change direction to respond to God? To change our life-style, our career, our priorities, our life-long habits? Are you being called to live out God’s grace in a different way? Maybe some are being called as readers or clergy, or to serve in other less formal roles. And remember, you are never too old, Abram was 75 years old when he, “went as the Lord had told him.”
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