Ha, do you ever think “It’s a wonderful day, watch some beggar ruin it!”? Maybe that statement says a lot about our attitude to life and how we see things.

Last week I said to my wife “Hey, my diary looks pretty clear for next week!” Famous last words; it filled up at a rate of knots. I hate to be bored but there is a limit!

We are who we are. As Remembrance Sunday approaches and the poppies are sold, I reflect on all those who never got the opportunity to grow old as we that are left grow old. They were cut down in their prime so that we can enjoy the freedom and happiness they were denied. That is their legacy. You don’t need me to spell out how we have used their sacrifice. I would love to say selflessly and all is well, our world is a better place, peaceful and caring, but that’s a lie; a betrayal. If I have to be tough and ruthless in my assessment of our progress as the human race, I must say we have betrayed their memory.

Oh, we have moved forward at a rapid pace with our knowledge, with health care and technology, but the truth remains – for the select few; the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’. The gap between those who have and those who don’t, seems to grow at an increasing pace day by day.

“I’m all right Jack, blow you.” Yet thankfully in the midst of human decay, there are still many who inspire with their love, sacrifice and hope; all over the world, in every society. You may remember Anyone Who Had a Heart sung by the late and great Cilla Back. With the opening words “Anyone who ever loved could look at me and know that I love you.”

Human love is beautiful, so fragile yet so deeply profound.

One thing remains constant; the darkness will never overcome the light. No matter how dark it gets, the light of Jesus Christ shines from the Cross upon our world as a beacon of eternal hope; God’s gift to humanity, freely given, no strings attached, no ulterior motive; simply to show His love for a failing world where hope is a precious commodity.

At this point you may switch off, mumbling “I’ve heard it all before. It’s utter rubbish.” OK, although that doesn’t make it any less true. A fact is a fact, even when denied. Freedom includes freedom of belief. 

St Francis of Assisi loved animals. Those of us who love animals know that each one is uniquely gifted by God and blesses our lives in special ways. Francis came to realize that it is Christ who sanctifies creation and transforms it into the sacrament of God. Heaven includes earth and earth includes heaven. There are not sacred and profane things, places and moments. There are only sacred and desecrated things, places and moments – and it is we alone who desecrate them by our lack of insight and reverence. It is one sacred universe and we are all a part of it. In terms of a spiritual vision, we really cannot get any better or simpler than that.

Please feel free to contact me. I’m always available.

‘Bye for now and God bless

Rev Andrew

ahrea2@yahoo.co.uk

Tel 634 386 179