The picture shows the wonderful seagull sculpture adjacent to the main entrance of 1 City Square in Leeds. I am grateful to Liz Smith, Chair of the Leeds Methodist District, for introducing me to it. As dusk fell I managed to get a useable shot on my little Fuji Z35, but made a mental note to return with the D90 to make the most of its far superior definition and capabilities. For now though this will do.
My imagination was captivated by the juxtaposition of the bold red ‘To Let’ sign advertising office space for rent and the soaring succession of individual seagulls. It was as though the two were linked by an unseen, unspoken promise: come inside and commit to this space and your spirit will soar. Which is precisely what I believe about the Christian Faith.
And this is exactly the sense I get from the gospel set for this Sunday too. Now it was as someone unmistakably and unquestionably “filled with the Holy Spirit’s power” that his contemporaries first experienced Jesus (Luke 4:14). The transformative vision he sets out in his home synagogue at Nazareth is one of our spirits soaring when we enter into the freeing space of God’s energising presence. Quoting from the Isaiah tradition he challenges those present to truly get inside and inhabit God’s spacious and gracious promises by letting the Holy Spirit indwell their soulspace.
What spaces have we ‘to let’ God into?