Today is the Second Sunday of Epiphany. The Gospel reading is from John’s account of the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. On the previous day Andrew had followed Jesus and told his brother Simon. Today Philip follows Jesus and tells Nathanael. When Andrew followedJesus he said, ‘We have found the Messiah.’ When Nathanael followed Jesus he said, ‘You are the Son of God.’ To both men the true identity of Jesus has been revealed. As Messiah and as Son of God Jesus becomes the way of communication between God and men and women. Jesus is like a ladder between heaven and earth along which the angels (God’s messengers) travel.
For those of you who wanted to do some thinking and preparation for today’s service during the preceding week, I invited you to reflect on the image of ladders and to envisage Jesus as a ladder between heaven and earth along which the angels (God’s messengers) travel. In today’s picture from his book Christmas time with Teddy Horsley, Teddy Horsley and Betsy Bear talk with the angel.
Lord Jesus Christ,
your love links heaven and earth.
Lift our eyes to the highest heavens
and set our hearts on your true love,
so where you are we may be also;
now and for ever.
Next Sunday, the Third Sunday of Epiphany, turns attention to the way in which Jesus was revealed to the wedding guests at Cana when the jars filled with water produced rich wine. The image to help us prepare for next Sunday is making wine.
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