Candlemas – Sunday 31st January 2016 – Luke 2:22-40

Candlemas – Sunday 31st January 2016 – Luke 2:22-40

Had a break as I’d got a bit stale but this new way of looking at Scripture I’m enjoying – I hope you do it.

I got the inspiration from this article I read over Christmas:

http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2015/12/29/4379689.htm

where Prof. Sarah Coakley considers the left side of the brain and the right side and how they produce different thinking states. The left ‘side of the brain (with) that neurological states associated with cool analysis and executive decisions’. 

Whereas ‘In contrast, the right brain’s capacity to replenish, enrich and re-invigorate our cultural imagination by means of meditation, dream, myth, ritual, music and poetry’. 

So My three questions will be:

  1. What left hand side of the brain thinking might I find surprising or challenging in this passage?
  2. What right hand side of the brain thinking might I find surprising or challenging in this passage?
  3. What might I preach about – living in suburban Kidderminster.
  1. What left hand side of the brain thinking might I find surprising or challenging in this passage?
  1. What was different about this baby? How did Simeon recognise him? Was it just a lucky guess?
  2. What was a ‘cut and dried’ ceremony turned into something ‘spirit led’ – start as you mean to go on, Jesus!
  3. Simeon’s words after blessing are a bit ‘astrolo-gist’. Vague and could relate to lots of people. Except the words to Mary – how did she live with these words?
  1. What right hand side of the brain thinking might I find surprising or challenging in this passage?
  1. The narrative slows down before and after Jesus reads. What effect is Luke trying to achieve?
  2. His congregation seem to be spellbound. What ‘magic’ is Jesus using to do this?
  3. How does the year of God’s favour show itself?
  1. What might I preach about – living in suburban Kidderminster.
  1. Wondering about Simeon’s ‘bucket list’. And what is on ours?
  2. Today I went to give communion to 91 year old Geoff in a nursing home. Unable to walk or use his right arm, he was sitting in a chair reading ‘The Year of Mercy’ and talking about it. An ‘Anna’ indeed. You’re never to old to share ‘good news’.
  3. A review of the Christmas period and our plans for Lent.
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