The Anglican Cathedral of Second Life

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Seeing the World Upside Down

On 3 September Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 26:1-8Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 16:21-28.

As a child, I was an avid reader. I remember with great affection the class library at school when I was 10. There was a series of books there from the Oxford Children’s Library which I think I worked through completely in the year I was in that class. I don’t remember most of what I read but I can remember some books written by William Mayne. One was called ‘The World Upside-down’. There was a treasure hunt in that book and it featured a pin-hole camera, or camera obscura. If you don’t remember much about such items from early science lessons, it was a simple device which allows an image to be created on a screen or wall by light coming through a small hole. The image which is seen is upside down. By viewing the world upside-down with this device, the treasure was found. This was my first encounter with a pin-hole camera so perhaps that’s why it made such an impression on me.

I think when we read the New Testament, we come across a way of viewing life that is very much in line with the image from a pin-hole camera. What we see is the world upside-down. If we want to look at the world the right way up, we will not actual find the hidden treasure that Jesus offers us. Only by viewing the world in an inverted way can we succeed. Continue reading