An inclusive Jesus

The BBC brought us a long press conference this week in which the leader of the United States ducked many questions. At one point he said, we must help the rest of the world, but only when we have helped ourselves first.

The virtual leader for the opposition, Nancy Pelosi, also gave a long press conference and, though a Democrat, quoted the epitome of Republicanism, Ronald Reagan, as saying America was built on the talents of immigrants and should always be a land of welcome.

A politician can build support by appealing to the best in human nature, compassion for others, or to the worst, exclusive self-interest.  The best raises the minds and hearts of people to see that this planet is for all of us and we are to include all people at our table. It is in the best interests of individuals – and countries – to seek the common good if they are to seek their own good.  Climate change is the glaring modern illustration of this.

Towards the end of the gospels the writers gather up the message of Jesus and this week we read of the shepherd who goes in search of one sheep which was lost, the woman who searches for her lost coin and the father who looks out for his lost son.  Jesus tells us that God is inclusive.  No one is left out. No one is screened at the border.

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My eyesight has deteriorated to the point where writing these weekly columns has become an arduous task which I cannot keep up. And so I sign off with this, the 684th! I am grateful to Wilf and Trish Mbanga who set me on this road more than ten years ago. This year, a selection of early pieces were published by Weaver Press under the title “Beyond Appearances” and there are copies available.  Thank you for journeying with me.  I trust that we will all continue to seek that which is beyond our reach.

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