Combining the purity of white and the the passion of red gives us pink - the color of gentle love and desire... Pink signifies gentleness, and new birth.Thank you for sharing that, Joyce. Gentleness and new birth may be tomorrow’s good news. Today, Canterbury Cathedral was a sea of red and white, paradise for Arsenal supporters, a world of languages and cultures, fears and hopes reaching out, as one, for the one true bread.
Like the liturgy, the Sermon was absolutely on the money. It didn’t not to duck the hard stuff, but invited us to break bread over it and gve it to God. Tomorrow we turn to the serious business of seeking a new way forward from God. The gospel principle is that if anyone has a problem with another Christian you talk it through with them, not at them or about them. Now we have the opportunity to talk directly together, exactly as Jesus told his disciples to do. In a broken world, perhaps working this way is a sign of hope. Duleep de Chickera, bishop of Colombo was speaking out of the experience of violence and intimidation, and Sri Lanka’s need to find another way.
The gospel for the day was the parable of the wheat and the tares — challenging the damaging fantasy of the “pure” church.
There can and there must be no uprooting, simply because if we attempt this game of uprooting the unrighteous then, my dear sisters and brothers, none of us will remain. We are all a mix of the wheat and the weeds. The wisdom of these words suggest that we stay together because we draw from a common soil, a common tradition, a common heritage. We are what we are regardless of our differences, because of our common life together and our origins. Transformation comes in this interaction, and transformation must come from within.He left us with three practical challenges:
- To be real about dsciplines of self scrutiny. I meet people who are tremendous experts on what is wrong with everybody else, and what is right about themselves. Away from here there’s been a lot of hostile terminology in the air — terms like “revisionist” and “fundamentalist” which people do not use of themselves voluntarily. Whenever you hear these terms you know the user is refusing to listen to the other person in their own terms, indulging in childish name calling. More significantly, there’s a great need to turn to where God is, whose authentic voice is characteristically heard in the silence than in the fire or the earthquake. We are all called to self-awareness.
- To live unity in diversity, as symbolised in this liturgy. The world is dying of anger, party and faction. We are called to live the life of Pentecost in all its glorious diversity, not simply play the world’s game of faction, blame and spite.
- To be prophetic. This means being real about things as they are, but refusing to give up hope God could remake them. It means being a voice for the voiceless, and not giving up. The key to prophecy is language that is God-inspired, not self serving.