This verse is about people putting purity laws before human interaction, but Paul also reminds the Corinthians to be mindful of not troubling the conscience of a weaker brother.
A large part of our growth and renewal as a human community, and as individuals, is the recognition of our errors and failures, and the enacting of change to prevent catastrophe in the future.
I write this in the wake of the terrible shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Such a devastating attack in what should always be a safe and sacred space for worshippers feels like an assault on our religious freedom.
The UK has more than 400 foodbanks. In the last six months alone, they have given out over half a million food parcels to individuals or families in need- and yet we’re the fifth biggest economy in the world.
While wandering around the internet pondering the beatitudes, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted” in particular, I found a number of books on the topic, including The Be Happy Attitudes.
Throughout Jesus’ ministry we’re shown a way of living that flips the world upside down; the last come first; the marginalised are included; the invisible are seen.
When the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for literature, Kazuo Ishiguro, heard of his success from the media, he said he thought it was “fake news”.