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Sonia Falaschi-Ray’s article in the November Diary October 14, 2017

Posted by nicholastufton in The Diary Monthly letter.

Regime Change: Tighter and Looser Ties

England has experienced several substantial regime changes in the last 1000 years. Firstly, the Norman conquest, which overwhelmed the Saxon hierarchy and culture as well as demoting the English language. In 1534, King Henry VIII removed the country from under the religious authority of the Pope and declared himself to be the Supreme Governor of the Church of England, a title held by our current monarch. This was part of the protestant reformation which subsequently created the country’s established religion.

On 5th November 1605, there was a religiously motivated violent attempt at regime change. The gunpowder plot was a failed bid by a group of English Roman Catholics to kill the protestant King James I and his government by blowing up the Houses of Parliament; thereby hoping to make the country Catholic again.

Following the end of WWII, six continental countries formed what became the European Union. In 1973 Great Britain joined them. Now we are leaving. Currently both sets of negotiators seem to be making a bit of a ‘Dog’s Brexit’ of the whole business.

Jesus came to effect regime change. He declared that much of the way the world operates is far from ideal. The rich and powerful, whether individuals or nations, should not exploit their positions. We should all strive for justice, behave mercifully and, as much as we are able to, love our neighbour as ourselves.

These are Kingdom of Heaven values, which can look topsy-turvey in our achievement, status and acquisition-based society. Jesus said that ultimately restitution and blessings will pour down upon the poor, the hungry, the homeless, the persecuted, the grieving, those sick in mind, body and spirit, the meek, peacemakers and those who strive for a better world. We get glimpses of this whatever our beliefs. However, attempting to engage with God can strengthen our resolve to do the right thing, when it would be easier to keep our head down. Also, to ask for the grace to leave people feeling a little better about themselves and the world after they have engaged with us than they did beforehand.

Many Blessings

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