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

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