One of the ways that people know we are Christians, we decided a week or so ago, was because of our love, our love for one another and the other. In this week’s reading Jesus adds another thread to the tapestry suggesting that our unity will strengthen the picture. Across the country in the past few days we have seen some significant conversations taking place about what to do about unaccompanied children who have found their way to mainland Europe. The conversations have spilled into our print media and onto our radio stations. I don’t know but perhaps even around your dinner table.
If we turned the question around and asked how might these children know and experience that they are God’s and that they are loved?
Would that help us in shaping our own response?
As Christians we have a call to care for the most marginalised, to show the least and the lost that they are made in the image of God, that ultimately that is where their identity is to be found. Many of the arguments that I have heard played out seem to have forgotten that each of the tens of thousands moving across Europe, and indeed seeking refuge in camps outside of Syria, are individual children. I am reminded of this as I type as I can hear children playing at the park in Rode. They are laughing and shouting – enjoying being children. Flourishing as they play, safe and secure in the space where they are and in the care of the families watching them. If we are not careful the numbers become so big that we feel powerless to do anything at all. We can allow deep and unsubstantiated prejudice to rule. Yet what could you or I offer to the few?
By the time you read this the decisions will have been made – but do you agree with them? We are not powerless – we are called to pray and to act - together. So how might we do our part in showing that we believe each person moving across the planet is loved by God and letting them know it. Answers on a postcard (or an email)!
Grace & Peace