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Not Just for Christmas

23. The wise men gave myrrh, to show that Jesus would die.
The incarnation of Jesus is not just for Christmas. The wise men sensed there was something powerful in the birth of this child. Myrrh, a bye-product of incense resin, had been used in ancient burial rites for eons. So, these visitors might as well have given a coffin! A portent, a guess, a mistake, why would they make such an offering. I suppose any incarnation, fully valid, would have worked out in death or full humanity for Jesus would have been no more than a cheap trick or God playing at the human state. Did the wise men imagine the cross or were they just acknowledging the human frailty that must end?
Pray for those whose lives are ending at this time, those who you have loved and lost. Remember too through the gift of myrrh Jesus too followed that path – horribly in the cross.

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Precious

21. The wise men gave Gold, to show that Jesus was a king


When recalling someone and the description ‘heart of gold’ is used, you are meant to imagine kindness in a most precious way. Strangely it suggests kindness so un-bling -like as you can imagine. It is more about the purity of gold which can be found even in its rawest state, nugget like in the dross of clay or silt. This is gold that is worthy of offering.

What offering of gold do you offer today?

Following

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18. The wise men followed the star to find Jesus. But on the way, they met evil King Herod who heard about Jesus and wanted to kill him.

A great deal of my understanding of God comes from hymns. When I read this part of the story the tune for ‘the Summons’ rose as an ear worm. I checked the words and thought they related both to the wise men and to us. Just read slowly and wonder!
Will you come and follow me

if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don’t know

and never be the same?

Will you let my love be shown,

will you let my name be known,

will you let my life be grown

in you and you in me?
Will you leave yourself behind

if I but call your name?

Will you care for cruel and kind

and never be the same?

Will you risk the hostile stare

should your life attract or scare?

Will you let me answer prayer

in you and you in me?

 

Will you let the blinded see

if I but call your name?

Will you set the prisoners free

and never be the same?

Will you kiss the leper clean

and do such as this unseen,

and admit to what I mean

in you and you in me?

 

Will you love the ‘you’ you hide

if I but call your name?

Will you quell the fear inside

and never be the same?

Will you use the faith you’ve found

to reshape the world around

through my sight and touch and sound

in you and you in me?

 

Lord, your summons echoes true

when you but call my name.

Let me turn and follow you

and never be the same.

In your company I’ll go

where your love and footsteps show.

Thus I’ll move and live and grow

in you and you in me.

Seeing

17. Sometime later, there were some wise men who saw a new star in the sky.




Sometimes in faith we need to have simple wisdom like the wise men of the Jesus story. We read that they saw, pure and simple, they saw! Such wisdom that they had though was dependent on them looking. Jesus you will remember accused the scribes and Pharisees of looking and not seeing; of knowing the law but not the wit to see God’; of the demand of ‘mercy and not sacrifice’. So we return to the ‘ask, seek and knock’ that Jesus promoted. So today look carefully at the world then in your prayers ‘ask, seek and knock.’

Wise-ones

11th January 2015

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I struggle with the term of ‘Kings’ visiting Jesus.

A better translation would be ‘wise-ones’ or ‘magi’.

I understand Iranian Christians claim them for their own, as saints from what was Persia.

The number you will find disputed, three was only the number of the gifts they carried with them. There could have been many in a caravan and they probably had females in their number. In Eastern Christianity, especially the Syriac churches, the Magi often number twelve.

The important issue is that they came seeking this ‘King born of the Jews’. Seeing and recognising the signs are separate use of the senses.

God grant me such sight in equal measure – wisdom indeed!

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