Readings for 5th Sunday in Lent
Ezekiel 37.1-14,, Romans 8.6-11; and John 11:1-45
Wednesday 29 March
The local authority had spent considerable effort and money planting daffodil bulbs on the green at the centre of the circle bordered by the community shops at the heart of the village. One evening the beautiful and vivid yellow display was beaten down by trampling and hacking destruction. I recalled as a boy, brandishing a wooden sword, which my father had made for me, and similarly hacking down my grandmothers Iris’s, much to her vexation. I have to say, I don’t recall ‘having a tanned backside’ as my mother threatened, but I was at pains to point out they hadn’t been flowers they had been giants: I had had my own ‘Quixotic’ moment.
There is seeing and seeing: telling my science teacher in school that I was bored, brought the caustic comment that when a donkey looks at a great work of art, he doesn’t see much, but it’s not the fault of the artist. The beauty of the daffodils wasn’t seen, the gold filigree woven amongst the thread. My friend, the person in charge of the planting, rebuffed calls to concrete over the green, and replanted. I asked what he would do if the same happened again, he replied, ‘replant, replant, replant, until they see’.
Prayer: Lord, to set the mind on the flesh is death, to set the mind on your Spirit is life and peace. Help me to understand that to see through and beyond and into, is to grasp another reality indeed. Amen
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Saturday 23 January
We met with a group of elders from the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, who have a held fortnight festival at Huddersfield Parish Church during the last three summers.
One of the discussion was based around conflicting expectations as two very different cultures and branches of Christianity met. The basis of the meeting was that there had been friction generated by sheer numbers of people worshipping and residing in one medium sized West Yorkshire church.
The resolution will be met through conversation and understanding each other’s context – with no small amount of give and take.
18 March 2015
There is a whole conversation held about understanding God and God’s purpose. How we change our understanding of God as we grow and develop. From a man with a beard on a throne, through to asking for specific items we know we need, to the Almighty and powerful deity who claims our very selves and forgives.
“In whatever way or state you understand Mister God, so you diminish his size. He becomes an understandable entity among other understandable entities. So Mister God keeps on shedding bits all the way through your life until the time comes when you admit freelyand honestly that you don’t understand Mister God at all. At this point you have let Mister God be his proper size – and wham! – there he is, laughing at you.”
Imagine God chuckles as we realise a ‘proper size’ unencumbered by even our imagination.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor – Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church