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A spiritual comment and prayer to begin the day with the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

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Wed 4 Apr 2018 05:43

Wednesday in Easter week

Good morning.
A study in America revealed that individuals were more likely to evade paying tax if they knew that tax evasion was widespread in their community. ‘Everybody does it’ was their justification.
If that’s how we work out what’s right and wrong, we’re in for trouble.  In some places, cannibalism was approved by the majority; in some places female genital mutilation still is.  What about slavery? It was once supported by the majority.
Throughout the Bible, it was only ever a minority who kept God’s laws.  Most people looked over the fence and copied what was going on there.  At times it seemed that only isolated prophets were keeping the flame of faith alight. We call those faithful few ‘the Remnant’.
Jesus went to his Crucifixion alone, though a handful of supporters (mainly women) stayed with him until he died.  When he rose from death he appeared to one, then two, then to 11 and later to hundreds, but they were always a minority.
Consider the individuals who have stuck it out against the majority and in consequence made significant progress:
• Martin Luther King, murdered fifty years ago today;
• My mentor Archbishop Janani Luwum of Uganda who stood out against a dictator and was killed. 
• Archbishop Oscar Romero, shot in the back while saying Mass, because he preached against social injustice, assassinations, and torture. 
Each one of them had an inner compulsion to do what was right, come what may.
Lord, help me to keep my ears open for your still, small voice today.  Amen