Thoughts from the Vicarage 19th July, Trinity 6
Romans 8.12-25; Matthew 13.24-30, 36-43
Some of us may remember the 1971 Morecambe and Wise show classic comedy sketch with the musical conductor Andre Previn. Eric Morecambe sits at the piano to play Greig’s A Minor piano concerto. His bizarre performance leads to an exasperated Previn telling Eric that he is playing “all the wrong notes”. Eric in turn grabs Andre by the lapels and informs him “I’m playing all the right notes-but not necessarily in the right order (places)”!
The enthusiastic gardeners at St Mary’s may have a variety of views about rapidly reproducing wild flowers. Some will call them “weeds” and rapidly root them out. Others may have a gentler approach describing them as “plants in the wrong places”. There is a struggle for territory taking place.
Paul in his letter to the Christians in Rome writes about a struggle for territory in their own lives. There is tension between the body and the spirit – what we want to do and what we need to do. Sometimes we are fearful, at other times we get angry. Like an anxious child all we can do is cry out “mummy” or “daddy” – “Abba”, in the Bible. Paul goes on to write that creation itself is groaning. How true this is at present whether because of pandemic or climate change. The wisdom of the “Parable of the weeds” literally brings us down to earth again. A farmer sows good seed but the pesky weeds have sprung up among the seeds and the young shoots. Concerned employees ask if they should pull out the weeds. “Not yet” is the reply, “wait till harvest”.
All through the ages there have been times of conflict between nations. At present we are seeing variations, if not conflict, between our own regions of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – guidelines or rules on which businesses can open, how many people can be in a “bubble” and where and when we should wear face masks.
The good news is that there is hope, the Holy Spirit is present to help us through our groaning and in our weakness. Romans 8.28 “in all things God work for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”.
Let us pray we can live with this hope as we begin, cautiously, to see and meet with each other again.
Revd Jonathan Watkins
you have prepared for those who love you
such good things as pass our understanding:
pour into our hearts such love toward you
that we, loving you in all things and above all things,
may obtain your promises,
which exceed all that we can desire;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.