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Our Worst?

Readings for 3rd Sunday in Lent

Exodus 17: 1-7, Romans 5: 1-11 & John 4: 5-42


Tuesday 14th March

I wonder if each of us knows what brings out the worst in us, and I wonder if we would admit it if we do? When the Israelites are following  Moses in the wilderness, a people liberated from slavery by God’s miraculous intervention, it is their thirst for water that starts to bring out the worst in them. It is their thirst for water that erodes their trust in Moses as their leader, and in God, despite all they have experienced. To be fair this comes as no surprise – this is a life and death issue – and it is these issues that challenge our humanity most.

We will hear on Sunday of how they quarrelled with Moses and tested God; but I imagine that first they would have quarrelled amongst themselves.     As water became scarce they would perhaps look at their community, their friends, their families, with envious eyes, harsh words and surreptitious  actions. But God is a God of compassion. He responds to the envy and squabbling of our communities, to our lack of trust – not by withdrawing from us, but by giving more. The rock is split, and living water flows from it. Christ’s life is given, and all things become possible.

Question: What situations bring out the worst in me? How can trusting God more help me deal with this?

 Prayer: God of our ancestors, help us trust in you, to turn from our deepest fears, to your life giving love. Amen.


Jesus Work

Wednesday 20 January 

High in the Yorkshire Dale, remote and wild, we slow down, talk, listen and ruminate.

At the Cana Wedding Jesus couldn’t initially be involved beyond being a guest. ‘My time is not now!’

We are looking at time scales and the possible.

Jesus did the impossible and his disciples began to believe in him.

What can I do today that tastes of Jesus work?


The Ordinary

Sunday 17 January

The Wedding at Cana and the water into wine. My skill is the reverse of the story.

The plain and ordinary becomes fruitful and magnificent.

Cannot God take the ordinariness of our very selves and make it fruitful and magnificent?

Mary,at the same wedding, got it spot on! “Do what He tells you.” 


Watch and wonder!

4th February 2014


The account of the Wedding at Cana concludes with the acknowledgement that what Jesus did in there was the first of the signs through which his disciples believed in him.

Jesus wasn’t quite ready to reveal himself at this wedding but did so. We may not see such miraculous events in our time, but then we are in a sceptical age.

Watch and wonder!

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


2nd February 2014


Water has something about life. All the symbolism of washing, cleansing and rising from the depths.

Wine has the richness beyond water. If you like something of the extra mile.

What did the first disciples glimpse on this couple’s celebration.

What glimpse of God’s wine moments in your life will you recognise today ?

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


31st January 2015


John the Evangelist has a great eye for detail in his accounts of Jesus.

At the wedding in Cana there were six stone water jars, used for ceremonial washing, each held from twenty to thirty gallons. The servants filled the jars to the brim with water and then took it to the master of the banquet. Those in the know and those none the wiser are obvious.

We have the story of water into wine.

Reaction to and statement of Jesus first miracle follow the detail.

God’s grace is often oblivious, but the credit often is focussed elsewhere and and on someone else. But when water becomes wine rejoice and know something of a God moment.

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


29th January 2015


A wedding, a celebration, guests including Jesus, his disciples and his mother. Ordinary, ordinary ordinary! Again Jesus in a normal situation and yet showing something new

The Son of God and sharer in humanity.

Yes, Jesus shared wine, dance and celebrated at a wedding

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