When I was a curate every time we got to the bit of gospel which disparages tax collectors it was always music for my soul ...because my training incumbent was one! But I always thought it a strange bit of stereo typing.
The theory of synchronicity is alive and well this week...its been very odd how various themes have repeated themselves in different ways. During the week we saw a remarkable little film from the BBC called" The Boy in Striped Pyjamas." Today a friend on Twitter blogged an amazing story about orphans on their way to the death camp at Treblinka.
The tragedy that was the holocaust is the end result of a desperate bit of type casting of the Jews as greedy and not really human at all.
The readings from Matthew for this week included a sentence from Jesus which said if you have done everything to get people to see things from your point of view then treat them as if they were Gentiles or tax collectors! (I paraphrase)
I had already decided that I would preach on the dangers of stereo typing and these two stories appeared.
So I . have used them both in tomorrows sermon.
Here are two quotes, one from Maeterlinck
Let us never forget that an act of goodness is in itself an act of happiness. It is the flower of a long inner life of joy and contentment. It tells us of peaceful hours and days on the sunniest heights of our soul.
And the next from Korczak.
What should we do when everyone acts less than human? We must act more than human.