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This Week at St Mary’s

Being shaped by something that is invisible

I was struck this week by a comment made by Steve Silvester, the Vicar of St Nics, that for the past 6 months our lives have been shaped by something which we can’t ‘see’. It’s happened rather dramatically and quickly.

I know it’s not as simple as saying that this is a brand new development. Many of us would agree the way we have been used to living has primarily been as a result of the people and things we can see and touch, ie our friends and families, homes and gardens, food and drink, holidays, hobbies and leisure activities. At the same time, many have perhaps bought in too uncritically to the ‘secular materialist’ assumptions all around us. There has largely been a popular marginalisation of the possibility that ‘unseen things’ not only have been present but are in fact the keys influences.

It’s commented that the things we decide are important are first shaped by what comes from the philosopher’s study. We may assume it’s the marketing departments or (social) media which do this, but from the ‘ivory towers’ first come the articulation of the foundations which then are used as the basis for marketing campaigns etc.

Steve suggested that there may now be an opportunity for Christians in this Covid climate to articulate afresh the Gospel (we do speak of things which are unseen.) It’s not perhaps the step it was 6 months ago for people to accept at least as a possibility that the work of grace is real, even though its origins seem invisible. There is a difference, in that Covid’s influence is driven by fear and survival whereas the Gospel of Jesus is transformation by someone we can’t see but whose love the Holy Spirit makes extremely real.

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