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We live in challenging and changing times of late; it seems that if you blink you miss something new.  There are, of course, those in these days who defy convention and do things differently.


I was amused as I sat down to write this piece when a news story appeared about sausage rolls.  It seemed that ‘Greggs’, who sell pastries and are particularly well known for their sausage rolls, had sent out a tweet that included a highly-controversial picture on social media.  You might be forgiven for thinking there is only one feasible way to eat a sausage roll - but that assumption has now been challenged.  The tweet was of a picture containing a sausage roll with a bite bang in the middle; shock, horror!  Apparently, furious users said that eating in such an unconventional manner goes against basic common sense.  "I’ve reported it," said one dismayed Twitter user.  Another added: "Such blasphemy!"  Purists were already up in arms about the new vegan sausage roll!


As we move through the season of lent we think of the task for which Jesus came; it was to comfort the disturbed and to disturb the comfortable, to turn the world and its answers on its head.  We recently had Matthew 5:1-12 as a reading where Jesus says:


Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


In the world we hear about the survival of the fittest, the strongest, the wealthiest, the most powerful and maybe the most religious too, but Jesus came to turn things around and do stuff differently.  Jesus took the side of the downtrodden and marginalised rather than the side of those who oppress.  He calls us to follow in his footsteps and do the same as he did.  

Lent is a time to reflect about how we live our lives as individuals, fellowships and his Church; do we live as the Pharisaical church or the liberating Church to those around us?  What would Jesus do?  Maybe it’s time for today’s church to challenge the norm!

Every blessing,

Rev Steve  



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