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Reflection and prayer to begin the day, with Rev Cheryl Meban.

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Last Wednesday 05:43

Rev Cheryl Meban

Good morning. In the eighties, there were mugs and tourist kitsch printed with the words, “All the world’s queer save thee and me… and even thee’s a bit queer.” These things I pondered as a child: what does it mean to judge others as odd? Why is my normal the measure of their strangeness? Queer only meant strange or unusual then. – at least it did in my world. Yet it felt ominous that even the one other person in our club, of thee and me, turned out to be different, a bit strange. Before the war crimes trial of Adolf Eichmann, he was assessed as being ‘more normal than the average person’ – and yet this man had been capable of participating uncritically and wholeheartedly in organising the deaths of thousands and thousands of Jews and other so called undesirables as part of the Nazi “final solution”. Eichmann wanted to be a success, to belong. In these terms, Normality is clearly overrated. If it doesn’t give us the strength of character to subvert evil, to treat an enemy with compassion and humanity, then normality may become the self-righteous, self-justifying mask for great hatred.  If I do not want to be a bit queer I might, like Adolf Eichmann, simply obey orders, leave unjust laws unchallenged, and condemn thousands to death or unnecessary suffering. But order to truly love our own people, we must recognise how other people’s welfare depends on our compassion, integrity and courage.  God whose face is reflected in every human being, make us eccentric in our commitment to love every person, every nationality, every idiosyncrasy. Make us as odd – and compassionate -as Jesus. Amen