Holy Week Reflections: Wednesday

Our Holy Week reflections have been prepared by the Rev Dr Kathy Galloway

Holy Week…
comes to gather us around the one true holy place of the Christian religion, Jesus himself, displayed to the world as the public language of our God, placarded on the history of human suffering that stretches along the roadside.
This is a week for learning not management, bargaining and rule-keeping, but naked trust in that naked gift.
(Rowan Williams)

I read these words of Rowan Williams’ some years ago. Since then, I have often thought about them. What is the public language of our God saying to us; what is Jesus saying to us, especially in this year of global health crisis and its resulting physical distancing for most of us, exhausting work and risk for some, and great loss and tragedy for others? These reflections take as their starting point a verse or two from the gospel reading for each day of Holy Week from the Revised Common Lectionary.

Click below for the audio recording read by Kathy:

After saying this Jesus was troubled in spirit, and declared, “Very truly, I tell you, one of you will betray me.”  John 13,21

I couldn’t help noticing last week that the first four doctors who died in the UK as a result of the coronavirus were all from an immigrant background. We in Glasgow know very well how much we depend on immigrants from all parts of the world in our health service, not just as doctors, but as nurses, porters, auxiliary staff, pharmacists, carers. We have often treated them in a less than gracious fashion, as the Windrush scandal demonstrated. Nor do we always admit the wider economic realities which brought them here in the first place. This too is a kind of betrayal.

Don’t ask for help!
You don’t want people thinking you’re a basket case.
We want you to stand on your own feet.
We know you work really hard, but your priorities are all wrong.
Our advice is that you forget about schools and hospitals for now.
Think resource trading. We’ll give you competitive terms.
You send us your mineral assets and we’ll refine them for you.
Then you can open your markets and Bob’s your uncle,
You’re part of the global economy.
Of course, it all depends on your taking our advice.
In the meantime, you’ll have more doctors than you can afford.
We’ll take them off your hands for you.


O Lord Christ, who became poor that we might be rich,
Deliver us from a comfortable conscience if we believe or intend
that others should be poor that we might be rich,
for in God’s economy,
no one is expendable.
Grant us instead the riches of love.

A full list of all Holy Week Reflections is available here: https://wellingtonchurch.co.uk/category/holy-week-2021/

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