Weekend Thought by John Milbank

I’VE had a cold, like so many others, and, no doubt about it, however positive a person you are, you still feel grim, (I’m male so I guess its always going to be really bad, right?).

Now at last the nasal produce is in its transitional stage between swab and dig so I guess I’m on the mend.

There is one thing for certain about us human beings and that is we are, from time to time, going to be unwell.

Colds and flu come and go; other more debilitating illnesses, physical and mental, are inevitable with increasing age or perhaps because of some inherent or acquired condition.

It is as a result of an imperfect humanity and I’m afraid we have to face the facts.

There is another form of disease and God, in his word the Bible, calls it sin.

It is the root cause of this “imperfect humanity” and will always manifest itself in human behaviour that is in contradiction to the perfection that God in the beginning intended for mankind.

We know the answer don’t we, and perhaps one wonderful account in the Bible illustrates this so effectively: Jesus was once severely criticised by the religious bigwigs for eating with a notorious tax collector and his cronies, who were known for their rather devious methods.

“Why do you eat and drink with such scum?,” they whinged.

The answer Jesus gave no doubt brought a scarlet colour to their faces not associated with influenza. And it is for you and I to consider and to respond with acceptance.

This is what he said: “Healthy people don’t need a doctor – sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”

And there it is. Not to be sniffed at, eh?