I recently had a conversation with our treasurer, Hans, who is looking forward to handing on his business to his two sons. Life will change for Hans and Caroline; a bit more relaxation and time for new adventures, but he is also mindful of the different world in which his sons and their projected families will have to operate the business and frame their lives. He confided, “I worry about the future for all our families”.
I remained quiet because it was Hans’ moment of reflection, “But” he meditatively reflected, “I believe we are thinking about the important issues at St Mary’s at the moment.
I believe that it is because God cares about the world, he made the greatest sacrifice by sending his Son to save it. As his followers, we must continue what he started when he entered into the history of the world. We have been sent to do our bit to change the world. As careful scrutineers of Jesus as our model, we must be involved in what he started. We have been sent to change the world (even as we resist change so often, just because it is change). Our world is, after all, a reflection of who we are, what we want and how we want to live in our world. In conclusion, if we want to change the world then we have to look at changing ourselves in the way we talk, eat, mix, and, above all, the way we love. The ripple effect has boundless potential.
At momentous times like our own, when some of our leaders seem only to traduce our interests, it’s critical to remember that we ordinary folk have real power. When we share knowledge and passion, and when we organise ourselves, we gain strength and momentum from one another, to make our principled and inclusive will known. That’s when we achieve worthy things, which no government or multinational can resist.
When we do our part and feel benevolently comfortable in our own skins, we radiate profound possibility.
In this respect, I love these overwhelming words of inspiration from Mary Oliver, (a poet I love,) from “When Death Comes” (New and Selected Poems. 1992):
“When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.”
Love to you all, as always,