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Holy Week Reflections: Jesus Is From Everywhere

Holy Week Reflections: Jesus Is From Everywhere

Tuesday March 30

Continuing our Holy Week reflections, the Rev Roddy Hamilton reflects on the meaning of home


Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified."  (John 12:24-26)

Where are you from? It is often a defining question that places you in some pecking order, because every place has prejudicial baggage. The Greeks were foreigners, and those foreigners asked Philip, who wasn’t local either, but from Galilee, who asked Andrew, also from up north. And they both went to ask Jesus, who, yes, you’ve guessed it, wasn’t from around these parts either.

Of course, Jesus isn’t from anywhere. Jesus is from everywhere. Jesus is from God. No place is home, yet no place is beyond the reach of love. No place is home, yet no place is too distant for the salvation that is on its way. The surprise is how it reached the least places, the lost places, and lonely places first, such as graveyards and tombs.

The love of God may not find a home here, but this week, ‘here’ is where the love of God makes a home for everyone.

Prayer:

In the generosity of grace,
Even here,
In this world where you have no home,
May we know our home in you:
Beyond place,
Beyond creed,
Beyond belief,
And in the depth of a love
That makes a home
On the edges
And extremes,
Wherever it finds itself
prepared to give everything
For everyone.


The Rev Roddy Hamilton is minister of New Kirkpatrick Parish Church, Bearsden. His series of reflections continues tomorrow, and each day of Holy Week

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