Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Matthew with St. Chad, Smethwick

2nd Sunday before Lent

6 Feb 2021, midnight

2nd Sunday Before Lent

7th February 2021

Readings: Proverbs 8v1&22-31; Psalm 104v26-end; Colossians 1v15-20; John 1v1-14

Prayer of the Day: Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever Amen.

A word from Lucy: This Sunday and next we are in a season that the Church names “Ordinary Time”, the time between the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of Lent. However, there is nothing ordinary about the readings set before us today, for in them we are taught many things about God and God’s plans for us.

In the reading from Proverbs, we hear that God is wisdom and understanding. For wisdom and understanding existed long before heaven and earth were made and was there rejoicing and delighting as the heavens, earth and human race were created. In the psalm, we are called to sing praise to God because it is by God’s will and power that all things are created, renewed, provided for and live. In the letter to the Colossian people, Paul teaches that Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation, the one through whom everything in heaven and on earth was created. In the gospel of John, we hear that the Word that existed with God in the beginning, took on the mantle of human flesh. The Word came into the world full of grace and truth, as the father’s only son, to be a light in the darkness for all people. The Word became flesh and lived among us to give the power to become children of God. In the letter from Paul to the Colossians, we learn that the human name of the “Word made Flesh” is Jesus and that through Jesus’ death on the cross there is peace and reconciliation between God and creation.

Today we are asked to ponder the words of scripture and called to believe that God has done everything we need to be reconciled to God. For through Jesus, we can be the children of God, a people who sing praise to God for everything God has done, God is doing and God will do for us.

Let us pray: God our creator, by your gift the tree of life was set at the heart of the earthly paradise, and the bread of life at the heart of your Church: today may we be transformed by the glory of the Saviour’s cross and enjoy the delights of eternity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen