Rector's Ramblings: April 5th

 I’ve long known that I have just only a tiny percentage of what computer is capable. I knew it was capable of doing much more than I was asking of it. To be honest, I haven’t been that interested in learning more computer skills and took some pride in not being ‘out there’ in the virtual world. I prefer real-time face to face meetings and conversation.

      Circumstances are now dragging me in to 21st technology; we can’t have services in church and I can’t visit or have meetings. I’m having to learn some of those things that the computer can do. I have Zoom-ed! I’m learning how to embed links into emails and the websites. I’m getting quicker at the website stuff. I remain well aware that the computer has much more to offer me than I know even now. No doubt the coming weeks will expand my knowledge. Many would say I was silly not to learn earlier as new fields would have opened up to me.

   Jesus is not a bit like a computer. A computer is at the end of the day ‘mechanical’ – if I do the right input, then it will produce what I want. Jesus is a person who offers us friendship/relationship, but he is beyond our small brains to understand as well. Isaiah 55:9-11 has it like this:

 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.

As the rain and the snow

come down from heaven,

and do not return to it

without watering the earth

and making it bud and flourish,

so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,

so is my word that goes out from my mouth:

It will not return to me empty,

but will accomplish what I desire

and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

  God wouldn’t be God if my small brain could understand him fully. God wouldn’t be God if he did what I wanted or thought he should all the time. Yet God always wants us to know more of Him, to know how beloved we are and to be loved in return. Jesus came to show us what God is like and he is nothing like any god we would design – we would make someone different than this!

     Follow the events of Holy Week. This year don’t skip from Palm Sunday to Easter Day. Let’s be with Jesus every step of the way. I would suggest we will hear the story very differently this year in a world shaken by Coronavirus. He wants us to know him better so what new insight will be afforded to us about Jesus this Holy Week? Or are you content to know only a tiny fraction of what God holds out to us in love?

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