After the beatitudes comes salt and light and the law... and a challenge to the people, it's up to you!
Repent means 'to see things in a new way, as they really are'. So when Jesus asks some fishermen to follow him he is helping them to repent, to see the kingdom of God which is close by. Following Jesus is an invitation to live into that new way of being.
Jesus invites us into a relationship with him and asks us to invite others into that relationship... come and see...
Joseph is often overlooked, but Matthew's Gospel puts him centre stage in the story of the birth of Jesus. But why? What's so important about a man who played no part in the birth?
When the night is darkest the questions come. As John the Baptist sits in his cell he begins to wonder... Are you really the one? It's a question for all of us this Advent.
Judgement is about recognising the parts of ourselves that aren’t right and stripping them out. That's the preparing that John the Baptist asks of us as he tells us to prepare the way.
Welcome to Advent, to the waiting season, where the light prepares and the angels stir and the stars shift and the word begins to put on flesh, waiting to move among us… But that’s not quite what we are presented with in our readings from scripture this morning... or is it?
Prayer is all about re-orienting our focus back to God and then considering how our own actions flow from that orientation. God first… and everything else follows. Our attitude to everything changes: Our priorities change. Our needs and desires change. Our actions change.