Thursday, February 22, 2018

Us and them

Holy Communion. Matthew 7:7-12.

“If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!”

If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children…

We tend to divide the world into those (like us) who are good, and those (other people) who are evil; those who are fundamentally good people, who do good things, and those who are fundamentally bad people, who do bad things.

Jesus calls that out as BS. He tells those who would follow him, who wanted to learn from him (that is what being a ‘disciple’ means) and by extension the crowd listening-in that they are evil. But he also states that those who are evil know how to give good gifts, or, do good. There are no good people who do good things and bad (or, evil) people who do bad (or, evil) things: just people, who, though they are evil, also know how to do good.

People, who are part of the problem, or, all that is wrong with the world; and part of the answer, or, all that is right with the world.

Every so often, we need to recalibrate: we need the divine insight, or revelation, that brings our view of ourselves and our neighbour back in line with God’s.

Keep on asking, keep on searching, keep knocking on the door.

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