Tuesday 15 May 2018
Acts 20:17-27. Psalm 67(68):10-11, 20-21. John 17:1-11.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth—Psalm 67(68):10-11, 20-21.
I have given them the teaching you gave to me.
There is a haunting quality about this prayer of Jesus to his Father for those he was leaving behind. Viewed against the world and its peoples, torn apart by strife and disunity even in our time, it can also seem a bleak hope. One example of this is the refusal of our government to acknowledge our common humanity with respect to refugees and asylum seekers. By turning refugees into ciphers we make it easy to see them as nameless, faceless interlopers. The words of Jesus in the Parable of the Last Judgement spring to mind: ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’