Saturday 5th January, 2013
1 John 3:11-21. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy - Ps 99(100). John 1:43-51.
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‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’
I was amused when I read Nathanael’s question. To a Christian, the answer is obvious. Even non-Christians who believe that Jesus was a man, even if they do not believe that he was the Son of God, would agree that the life that he lived showed that good can come from anywhere.
I am involved with the Exodus Community, based at the site of the former Olympic Village in Melbourne and since then a government housing estate. This kind of question is all too often asked of the estate and yet time and again I am blown away by the goodness and insight of people who have fought all their lives to maintain their dignity despite the slurs and prejudice of many. Their struggle is a reminder of the dignity of human life and how fragile it can be, but also of how its value is really worth fighting for.