Vicar’s Reflection: 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, 14th January 2018
People are excited about Kmart opening in Rotorua soon. A headline recently said more than 1700 people applied for Kmart’s 100 jobs. Many of those applying for places will be thinking about how to make a good first impression at their interview. Why are first impressions so important? We all develop skills in reading our environment looking for potential threats and rewards. Other people make up a major part of our environment so being able to assess as quickly as possible whether the new person you meet is going to be a help or a threat to you is important. Experts say that we can make such judgements very quickly, in a blink of an eye! An excellent book on this subject is called ‘Blink’ by Malcolm Gladwell. When Jesus met Andrew, Peter and Philip he obviously made a good first impression. Philip rushed to tell his brother, the deeply sceptical Nathanael, who declared within seconds of meeting Jesus: “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”. There was something about Jesus that gave a very special first impression. Whatever those clues, they were accurately read because Jesus went on to prove in so many ways the truth of their initial insight. What first impression do we make as followers and family of Jesus at St Luke’s Rotorua; especially to our guests and visitors? My hope is that within seconds they would know there is a place here for them as brothers or sisters in Christ.