Posted: 28 Dec 2014 10:10 AM PST
It has been a difficult Christmas in Glasgow with a major tragedy in the centre of the city as people were doing their last minute Christmas shopping. Bishop Gregor was himself there in the square just after the incident involving the bin lorry. In this conversation he describes what he saw, what he was asked to do and how he responded.
Together we reflected on how Christians find God.
This happened in the context of the Sunday morning Sung Eucharist instead of a sermon. It seemed the right thing to move the Feast of the Holy Innocents back to this day, it having originally been scheduled to be celebrated here tomorrow morning.
As I said at the beginning of the service, Jesus wasn’t born into a fairy story, nor into a Christmas card – he was born into the real world and sometimes we need to think about what that really means.
Here’s the video:
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The Provost of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow is nothing if not innovative in his propagation of Gospel. His idea of conducting a pastoral dialogue with Bishop Gregor – especially so soon after the Glasgow rubbish truck disaster – was surely a masterstroke. Citizens of Glasgow would be ready to hear what the Scottish Episcopal Church has to say about such disasters – in the light of the innocent victims of both ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’ disasters – at the very time when we are considering the fact that God chose to share our common human nature in the body of a new-born Child.
Do take time to click on the video link provided in the body of his text, so that you are able to view the interior of a beautiful church building, as well as to reflect on the conversation that took place been the Cathedral Provost and the Bishop of Glasgow, on a subject of interest to all who believe in God’s power to overcome grief and untimely disaster in our lives.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand