On 23 July Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 139:1-11, 23-24, Genesis 28:10-19a, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.
Reading the news or watching it on TV is something that some people simply can’t face doing. I don’t think that’s too difficult to understand. A quick look at the BBC news site revealed news of eight out of thirty-eight people found dead in a truck in San Antonio, suspected of being left without water or air conditioning by people smugglers. North Korea continues to test weapons, with a claim that it can reach the US and other parts of the West with a successful warhead. The people of Yemen feel forgotten by the world as they suffer cholera and starvation. Thousands of survivors from areas previous ruled by IS are dealing with trauma as a result of their experiences. Kidnap victims in Afghanistan have been killed by their captors. Relations between India and China, Russia and the US, Qatar and other Middle Eastern nations, the UK and Europe are strained for various reasons. Israelis have died in an attack on the West Bank. An 11 year old girl was stabbed to death by her 18 year old neighbour in the US. Venezuela has been hit by huge inflation with people struggling to survive as their currency becomes worthless. The situation in Syria is still perilous despite work on a ceasefire. The family and medical staff treating baby Charlie Gard are receiving death threats. And so it goes on. So much bad news, so many tragedies, so much that doesn’t seem right, and that is just one quick glance at the news on one day in the year. Continue reading