Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

We lost the ten­der! I am a board mem­ber of a char­ity and a ma­jor part of our work has been trans­ferred to an­other char­ity: a char­ity which won the ten­der, leav­ing us with some re­sources, but no fund­ing for that spe­cific project.

The CEO, very wisely made sure that the trans­fer of work: which of course in­volved a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple be­ing cared for, was done pro­fes­sion­ally and care­fully.

This has im­pressed other char­i­ties, and sug­gests that they would now like to work with us. Where does loy­alty lie? Where does Sovereignty lie? As I write this we are hearing of the out­come of lo­cal elec­tions, and soon there will be a gen­eral elec­tion and fur­ther moves to­wards Brexit, which sug­gests that be­ing ‘bloody

dif­fi­cult’ may be what party pol­i­tics is all about.

Maybe the Machi­avel­lian ap­proach is needed, but Je­sus sug­gests an­other ap­proach.

He in­cludes, in his fam­ily: his mother, and brother and sis­ters, not just his blood fam­ily, but all who would lis­ten to him and live by his teach­ing.

Je­sus looks be­yond fam­ily, na­tion and em­pire.

His “king­dom is not of his world” He looks for truth. His mes­sage is in­clu­sive: his king­dom isn’t about them and us.

His king­dom is about gath­er­ing the faith­ful to­gether.

In elec­tions some win and oth­ers lose.

In draw­ing lines of na­tion­al­ity and sovereignty some are in and oth­ers are ex­cluded.

Per­haps we need to look at dif­fer­ent mod­els of be­hav­iour.

Per­haps Je­sus holds the an­swer.

Rev Paul Fletcher St Cuth­bert’s Epis­co­pal Church

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