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Reflections

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September 2016 - The Christ Light.

The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Community has brought into sharp focus the question, “how should I treat my neighbour”. In our own small community of Osbaldwick and Murton it doesn’t seem that complicated but further afield immigrant and refugee initiatives have been met with hostility. No one doubts the impact refugees and immigrants have on home resources or that it is human to look after one’s own interests.  

Yet I think if Jesus was to speak directly to us, his disciples, today he would say, “It shall not be so with you”.   His parable of the Good Samaritan is well known and has challenged successive generations since Jesus uttered it.

Secularism and nationalism are not new phenomenas and each generation has to confront them and learn how to live together as neighbours or spiritually die together as fools. Well spiritual death is not an option in God’s multi-national and cultural world. 

So the frame of mind that was in Jesus needs to be our guiding light now and always. For me it comes in two verses of a lovely Richard Gillard’s hymn which are: verse 3 -  I will hold a Christlight for you in the night-time of your fear, I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear and,  verse 6 – Brother, sister let me serve you, let me be as Christ to you; pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.  How shall I treat my neighbour? Serve them as you would wish them to serve you – in love.

May God’s love and peace dwell in every heart and home.

Jack

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