Thought for the week 18.04.19

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‘This Good News about the Kingdom will be preached through all the world for a witness to all people’ – Matthew 24:14.

What is good about the things you think are bad? A strange question perhaps!

Yet sometimes we need to pause, get behind our own opinions, prejudices and biases, and be open to the possibility of other views.

Whether it’s international politics, or a neighbourly misunderstanding, the starting point is often ‘I am right and you’re wrong.’

The Greek gang of three philosophers – Socrates, Plato and Artistotle – have taught us well to debate from our rightness.

A later character had a different philosophy of life and taught the way of love. He spoke of a Kingdom where the first shall be last, the poor shall be rich, enemies are loved, and all things made new.

Jesus’s death, remembered on a day we call Good Friday, and his resurrection marked on Easter Sunday invite us all into a narrative bigger than all our own stories together – a story of new possibility – a way of transformation and love … good news for all people.

Rev Donald McCorkindale,

Strontian, Morvern and Ardgour Parish Churches.