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It’s not fair!

On 24 September Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 145:1-8Philippians 1:21-30, Matthew 20:1-16.

It’s not fair! That must be a cry that has been uttered by children for a very long time. There seems to be an innate sense that things should be fair, and if they are not it’s only right and proper to protest about it.

I forget where I read about a way of avoiding two children arguing over a chocolate bar they were to share. The mum asked one to break the bar and the other to choose the first piece. It struck me as a solution worthy of Solomon. Being seen to be fair is not easy task.

The leaders of North Korea and the USA have been accused of being like kindergarten children as they trade insults. I suppose we all wish they only had the power of kindergarten children also! It strikes me that at the heart of the problem lies the protest ‘It’s not fair!’ so maybe they are indeed responding like small children. From North Korea’s point of view, it’s not fair that the USA can have nuclear weapons but North Korea can’t. I suppose from the USA’s point of view it’s not fair that a leader of a small country can aspire to match the fire power of a superpower. Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Heaven

On 30 July Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 105:1-11Romans 8:26-39, Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52.

A teacher was trying to find out what his Sunday School class of five and six year olds knew about going to heaven. He asked them a series of questions.
“If I sold my house and my car, sold everything I owned on eBay, and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into heaven?”
“NO!” the children all answered.
“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the grass, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into heaven?”
Once again, the answer was: “NO!”
“So, what if I was very kind to animals, gave sweets to the children, loved my wife with all my heart, would that get me into heaven?”
“NO!” was the resounding response.
“Well then, how can I get into heaven?”
A five year old boy shouted out, “You’ve got to be DEAD!” Continue reading