“He is a good and great man: but he forgets, pitilessly, the feelings and claims of little people, in pursuing his own larger views. It is better, therefore, for the insignificant to keep out of his way; lest, in his progress, he should trample them down.…..
No doubt he had invoked the help of the Holy Spirit to subdue the anger I had roused in him, and now believed he had forgiven me once more.”

Wuthering Heights by Emile Brontë

When we were young people would say we had our mother’s eyes or our father’s nose. Growing up they would say “just like your mother” or “just what your dad would do”. Age may change our appearance but we still show those qualities which our parents taught us.
Christians also appear different but all have the same character – that of Jesus.

Jesus is the bread of life …
You are what you eat!

At the beginning of John’s Gospel Jesus asks Andrew and another disciple "What are you looking for?"

(John 1. 38)


At the end of his Gospel we read “Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord.”

(John 21.12b)


After his resurrection Jesus often appeared to his disciples but was not always recognizable to them. Even so they knew this person was Jesus. They were no longer looking for Him, they had found Him.


Are we ready to find Jesus in those we meet?

“Feeling a tremendous rakehell,

and not liking myself for it,

and feeling rather a good chap for not liking myself much for it,

and not liking myself at all for feeling rather a good chap.”

Kingsley Amis – That Uncertain Feeling

 

At the end of the 1700s it was not normal for a priest to write an original sermon every Sunday.  Henry Crawford judged that “a sermon at Christmas and Easter” would be “the sum total of the sacrifice”. 

Jane Austin – Mansfield Park p 226

 
Other clergymen might read out extracts from printed texts or adapt them to suit particular circumstances. 
“A personal or informal approach was distrusted as a sign of the dreaded enthusiasm connected with the Methodists.”

Irene Collins – Jane Austen and the Clergy  p96-97