really struck me about this morning's readings was how they join
together so well. I discovered that joining is not so easy when as a boy
my woodwork teacher engaged us in making a pencil box, as a project to
demonstrate the strength and beauty of dovetail joints. Well that was
the theory - the tails of my doves, four per corner so sixteen in all,
appeared to have been in mortal combat with cats and either needed to be
forced together with the heaviest mallet or else have unplanned gaping
spaces filled with evil smelling animal glue. I never used the box for
pencils, there were no right angles and in any case it was due, to
earlier miscalculations, too short for the standard HB.
Listen though please to a portion of our readings again.
So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it because on it God rested
from all the work that he had done in creation. Therefore I tell you do
not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink or
about your body what you will wear
And then Jesus continues with the I ages of the birds of the air and the
lilies of the field. These two passages, one from the very first pages
of the Bible and this second from the Gospel of Matthew go perfectly
together they fit seamlessly.
Often in our reading of the New Testament we preferentially discern the
differences between the God of forgiveness, reconciliation, self
sacrifice and love revealed in Jesus from that sterner God of the Old
Testament,the God of law and judgement. As we heard earlier a couple of
weeks ago in this Gospel Jesus said that he did not come to "abolish the
law or the prophets but to fulfil, for truly I tell you until heaven and
earth pass away not one letter, not one stroke of a letter will pass
from the law." Jesus constantly stressed the continuity between God the
Father and God the Son from which we know that God was and is and always
will be loving.
In this Bible there is a blank page and a title page between Malachi and
Matthew, there is a gap in the dovetail of the canon and I am not
especially unhappy with it for it speaks truly: "The new covenant,
commonly called the New Testament of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ"
but let's not get too used to it, for I rather think that Jesus was a
far better carpenter than that and that the story of God's caring for
his people is continuous and what is more important is continuing.
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