Sunday 4th February – The Second Sunday before Lent

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Sunday 4th February – The Second Sunday before Lent

Published: 2nd February, 2024

This Sunday we hear once again the great prologue to St John’s gospel, a passage usually associated with Christmas: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”.  But this Sunday it is set in a different context: the Old Testament lesson from the Book of Proverbs speaks of Wisdom as the “beginning” of the works of God, and Wisdom as “beside” God “like a master worker”.  And so we are led to associate “the Word” of John’s gospel, through whom “all things came into being”, with the “Wisdom” of Proverbs and the ancient Jewish Wisdom Tradition more generally.  Jesus as Divine Wisdom has been an important focus for Christian devotion from the days of the early church: we might for example think of the great Hagia Sophia (tr. Holy Wisdom) church (now a mosque), in Istanbul (formerly Constantinople).  Both of this Sunday’s readings also closely associate the Word/Wisdom of God with creation, as the One through whom “all things came into being”, who was “beside” God “like a master worker” at the beginning of creation, and who “was daily” God’s “delight, playing before Him always, playing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race”.  We are reminded that for Christians the material world has a sacred significance, and that the Divine Wisdom’s role in Creation and delight in humanity finds a fulfilment in the Incarnation of the Divine Word in Jesus Christ.

8am Holy Communion (BCP) (St Mary’s)
8.35am Parish Breakfast (Chantry House)
9.30am All Age Eucharist (St Mary’s)
11.15am Sung Matins (BCP) (St Nicholas Remenham)
2.30pm What’s the point of being a Christian? (Chantry House)
4pm Evening Prayer (BCP, said) (St Mary’s)