Letters: Mike Larcey, july 28, 2015

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Here is a challenge to Tories, Ukip and those who were hoodwinked by the Right Wing Media into thinking that migration was a major problem and voted in the General Election for scaremongering politics: ‘How much good we can do, if only we try to speak the language of hospitality, of welcome! How much pain can be soothed, how much despair can be allayed in a place where we feel at home!

Welcoming the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the prisoner (Mt 25:34-37), the leper and the paralytic. Welcoming those who do not think as we do, who do not have faith or who have lost it. Welcoming the persecuted, the unemployed. Welcoming the different cultures, of which our earth is so richly blessed. Welcoming sinners.’ Pope Francis I

For those not conversant with Matthew’s Gospel 25:34vv:

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

I wonder what image of the Tories, Ukip and the Ring Wing Media, John of Patmos, author of The Book of Revelation, would draw?

Incidently, Pope Francis described unbridled capitalism as ‘the dung of the devil’.

Mike Larcey

Downham Market