A traumatic Sunday

The Christchurch earthquake drained all of us, especially those with close links. Over 90% of the Scots congregation has such links. Meaning in disaster, comfort in loss, and deep reassurance are sought. Is nature “ruthless”? Is it out to “get” us? I think not.
The readings from the sermon on the mount provided a powerful challenge. How do we read “Do not worry!” in the light of the weeks events, and indeed in any times of trouble.
I have tried to respond honestly, but even having written, uttered and had affirmation for what was offered it still feels inadequate, so multi-faceted is the whole disaster.
Go in peace
Alistair

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And what about love and forgiveness

February 20.
It is interesting, always interesting when people pick up on something else other than the “main point” of the sermon. A number of comments focussed on my references to family, although, as they reflected further it was the difficulty of dealing with the negative stuff even now, years later that was at the heart of our pastoral conversations.

Back again!

Good morning, 

I returned from holiday to find the lectionary throwing me a curve ball. I found some articles which grounded the sayings in the Honour-shame culture of the Middle East which contrasts somewhat with our Guilt-Based one.
I believe we still use the honour shame system also. 

Guilt-
culture

Other people believe:

I believe

I didn’t do it

I did it

I didn’t do it

No problem

I protest my innocence and fight the accusation

I did it

I am expected to feel guilty regardless

I am guilty and am punished

 

Shame-
culture

Other people believe:

I believe

I didn’t do it

I did it

I didn’t do it

No problem

I am shamed and dishonoured by their belief

I did it

No-one knows, so I am not shamed

I am guilty and am punished

Anyway, try this one for starters.

Alistair