Tuesday 30 May 2017

About Today Readings

Acts 20:17-27. Psalms 67(68):10-11, 20-21. John 17:1-11.

Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth — Psalms 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 the refugees arriving on our shores by boat. By turning them into ciphers—a boatload of sixty or 15 illegal immigrants of unknown origin—we make it easy to see them as nameless, faceless interlopers, whom we can disregard with impunity.

The words of Jesus in the Parable of the Judgment spring to mind: ‘I was a stranger and you welcomed me.’

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