As I was reading the readings (!) set for today I was interrupted. Once by my daughter commenting on the day’s news and once by my wife asking if I would like a drink and some nuts.
In the news today the UK borders are open for Bulgarian and Romanians. Is this a good thing for us? Is it good for them? Only time will tell, I suppose. But my gut feeling is that it won’t really have any long term effect on our daily lives. After all the political shouting has died down, things will go on much as before. We aren’t going to be overrun by immigrants. In a country as small and heavily populated as ours is already, where will they all go?
And so to the readings, twice interrupted. Genesis 1 and 2, the creation of the world. I was struck by how hard it is – even without interruptions – to read this overly familiar passage without skipping over bits. The first day, the second day… yada yada yada… but is there something deeper here? Well, of course! The message is that Adam and Eve arrived to look after things for a bit. But sleep was important. God created Eve whilst Adam slept. God rested (the implication could be that he slept as well?) on the seventh day.
Matthew goes to incredible lengths to tell us the background to Joseph’s (the carpenter) family tree. And on to the birth of Jesus. What’s the connection? An obvious one here, from Adam to Jesus. But the angels speak to Joseph while he is sleeping. Again, the message is that sleeping is really important.
Today’s readings round off with Psalm 1 and Proverbs 1. I like a bit of Proverbs, and this time it’s all about living a disciplined life. Learning wisdom and gaining insight. Psalm 1 hit me with a similar theme. Meditate on the law of the Lord… wait for it… “day and night.” (Psalm 1:2)
And on that note, I’m off to sleep on it. But not before some salted nuts.