The Revd.

Matthew J Hughes

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Associate Rector   

The Revd.
Stephen Broadie
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Assistant Priest  

The Revd.

Bill Mullenger

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January Leader

In Matthew 2:1-12 we read the familiar story of the three wise men coming to visit the Christ child. It is a story that can guide us at the beginning of the year.

Firstly, this arrival of the Christ, of the Messiah, is for all people. It is significant that some of the first visitors of Christ are non-Jews, people from outside the inner circle. Commentators think that the astronomical phenomenon which drew these three Magi – or wise men – to Jesus was probably the conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn in 7 BC. It is incredible that God was somehow able to use astronomy to draw people from another culture – probably another religion – towards Christ. From the very beginning we see that the call of Christ is to all people. Jesus is here to change the whole world.

Secondly, the call of Christ is through all things. What is incredible is that although the Magi respond to the call of Christ, and in the end will come to worship the Christ child, they get there really by the worst possible route. They end up in the palace of King Herod, who shortly after this will do everything he can to destroy the Christ. And yet God uses this destination, and this King, to guide the Magi to the right place. It is a reminder of how God can use all the events of our lives for his purposes. Nothing is wasted in God’s kingdom. There is no aspect of your story that cannot be redeemed

The call of Christ is for all people, through all things, and finally it is to bring all we have.

In Matthew 2: 11 we read that ‘on coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.'

In 'Psalms Down Under', Joy Cowley gives a powerful interpretation of these three gifts. She believes that we can think of the gold as a picture of what we’re good at – our talents, our expertise, our certificates. We can think of incense as ‘the impression we leave behind’ the lingering sensation in a room or a place after we’ve gone. This is something that we have less control over; the fruit of our actions. Finally, myrrh has an association in the Bible with death. So perhaps our myrrh is our own shadow. Our losses, disappointments, and even the ways we have hurt others or let them down. We bring all we have to Jesus: gold, frankincense and myrrh.

As we look ahead to 2020, I would encourage all of us to hear the call of Christ – as the Magi did. I would encourage us that through all things Christ is continuing to draw us near to him. Finally I would encourage us to bring all we have to him. Ste 




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