Readings for 5th Sunday in Lent
Ezekiel 37.1-14,, Romans 8.6-11; and John 11:1-45
Tuesday 28 March
What image does ‘the hand of the Lord coming upon you’, conjure up? – Ezekiel 37:1. To be touched by God is more than a passing brush past; sending, at the most, an inconsequential shiver down the spine quickly to be forgotten. Those who have been so touched in the scriptures, bear witness to its life changing nature. Those who are sick are healed, those bound are freed, those in the valley of the shadow of death live.
Question: What comes to mind when you reflect upon so much in the world today? Do you sometimes think that there is much that could, should, be touched by God in way that would make a difference; a change for the better?
Prayer: Then reach out and make that touch, for “yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.” – Teresa of Avila.
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26 December 2014
The Old and New Testaments, which together bear witness to God’s self-revelation in history and the creation of a people to tell the Story of God to the world.
Jesus is God’s greatest gift to us. The “two turtle doves”, the Old Testament and the New Testament, testify to His goodness and mercy and love. God relationship with humanity and the fulfilment of a promise. We are not alone, God understands our very nature and self. In the end Jesus leaves us with Peace and hope, the knowledge that He will return for us, the promise of eternal life with Him.
Today, the dove, a small white delicate bird, has become identified with Peace. From the first Peace, when the dove returned to Noah’s ark carrying a freshly plucked olive leaf, a sign that Peace between God and man had returned to the earth, to the new Peace, our redemption through Jesus Christ.
The Rev’d Canon Simon Moor, Vicar of Huddersfield Parish Church