Wednesday 12 April
The incarnation is not just for Christmas! Jesus tells his disciples to remember his presence, his words actions and his very love each time we eat a meal in His name. In church that means bread and wine, but at home or with a friend is a time to look across a table and know that Jesus did the same, the night before he was betrayed. In his life, his real life, he ate and shared and told us to do likewise.
Question: Across a table, over a meal, what is it you do that was the same for Jesus. He said ‘Do this in remembrance of me.’
Where will you take that thought today?
Prayer: Teach me to repeat your actions as I eat and as I share your life with others, help me to pray in the ordinary actions of this day and all in remembrance of your incarnate life. Amen
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Friday 22 January
How would the new fourteen unit rule speak to the ‘Wine at Cana’ incident’? The word bounty would be replaced with the accusation of binging and some serious questions ask about such gluttonous and dangerous behaviour.
Context has something to say.
Celebration and bounty seated in the New Testament context. What was expected, what was needed and the shame avoided for the wedding couple and family.
A different time, a different place, a different situation and different set of people and the ‘glory’ outcome would have been the same, the belief in Jesus would have been the same.
The context would have different!
Thursaday 21 January
Jesus at the ‘Cana’ incident, acted in the moment and specifically to the problem in front of him, and so ‘revealed his glory’. There is something wholly appropriate to the moment and the people involved.
It grates with me when the moment and the person and kingdom hits against the rule and the rule takes precedence.
Jesus creates wine not a buffet, he uses the people and objects at hand and his grace is revealed.
Go, do likewise. Deliver God grace in context.
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?
Monday 18 January
This wedding in Cana; Jesus, his crew and his mother. We don’t know how many others other than wine ran out and was replenished in large amounts. We don’t even know whose wedding it was the everyone was celebrating.
But is was an occasion that was not unusual for the day. A large gathering and a large celebration. And God was there in the centre of the celebration.
No quiet mediation here. Just an ordinary joyful occasion marking the changing of lives. Another place God was found present!
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.”
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2nd March 2015
Sometimes the Church disappoints us.
Father George says that’s because we sometimes forget that we are part of a team – God is ours not mine! So we have to compromise.
Remember the heart of the church is the Lord ’s Table where we share in Holy Communion together. In the words that are used week by week we say: “We are one body because we all share in one bread.”
Rev’d Janet Sargent – Associate Priest at Huddersfield Parish Church.