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Rector's Reflection for Feb 12, 2014

posted Feb 12, 2014, 5:57 PM by Terry Brady

What Is Fair?  In my house, the cry of "that's not fair!" is often heard as comparisons are made and workloads debated.  It can be disheartening.  


There is so much about life that seems unfair.  It is hard to fathom why some people have much harder roads to navigate than others, yet we often compare ourselves with those who have more and not with those who have less.  And most of the time, our notion of what is fair is rooted in our own self-interest.


It is important to me that my children understand that equality and justice are not the same thing.  And we who have been baptized are called to something better than a "tit for tat" existence.    


I find these wise words from Archbishop Desmond Tutu compelling:  "In a happy family, you don't receive in proportion to your input. You receive in relation to your needs. If we could but recognize our common humanity, that we do belong together, that our destinies are bound up in one another's, that we can be free only together, that we can survive only together, that we can be human only together, then a glorious world would come into being where all of us lived harmoniously together as members of one family, the human family."