We live in times when the rights of individuals to make decisions about their lives have been severely restricted for the good of the wider community. Whatever the the rights and wrongs about how Dominic Cummings made his decision to take his family to Durham, many will have been angered by seeing someone in a position of authority seemingly to ride roughshod over the rules which nearly everyone in the country has been trying to follow.
There are some who feel that, in the light of Dominic Cummings actions, they will now make decisions for themselves which go against what we have been told we must do; but our faith has something to say about this.
Christians say “Though we are many, we are one body”. This shows there is a connection between us all, where the actions of individuals affect the working of the body as a whole. Faith is not a private, individual thing. It is relational. We are told to “love God and love our neighbour as ourselves”.
For Christians, society is more than just a collection of individuals who make their decisions according to what’s best for them, without thinking about the consequences for others. The last weeks of lockdown have shown us again the goodness and selflessness which exists in the human spirit; and the Christian values of goodness, service and selfless kindness, which have been seen in abundance in recent weeks, has been demonstrated both by Christians and by those of all faiths and none.
I am therefore very grateful to +John Hind, who has provided our homily this week, as he explores this relationship between the individual and the corporate nature of our faith in the light of Pentecost, which we celebrate this Sunday.
I continue to hold you all in my prayers. Please do ring me if you’d like a chat, or if there’s anything about which you’d like me to pray.
With my love and prayers,
The image is “Pentecost” by Jean II Restout (1692–1768) – From the Louvre collection, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jean_II_Restout_-_Pentecost_-_WGA19318.jpg