Remember those who are in prison as if you were in prison; those who are being tortured, as though you yourselves were being tortured HEBREWS 13
Preaching at the 8am Holy Eucharist* at St Mary’s Priory Church today the Vicar, Fr Mark Soady called for us to “pray fervently for wisdom and discernment for our leaders both political and military to find a plan to deal with the Syrian regimes use of Chemical weapons”.
While accepting the military strategists advice that any campaign needs a ‘beginning, a middle and an end’, he said we can not just do nothing. Today’s New Testament lesson calls us to stand alongside those who suffer , by if necessary suffering ourselves.
He went on to draw a parallel with the 1930s, when the memory of World War I led to appeasement, and an evil tyrant was allowed to perform atrocities against his fellow humans. “We must not let the shadow of Iraq and Afghanistan allow another dictator to start this century with atrocities of equal proportion”.
Preaching later at Holy Trinity Church,Abergavenny he quoted Lord Ashdown’s speech in the House of Lords on Thursday, when Paddy Ashdown drew a parallel between in action in Syria and allowing a murder to go free.
*Bishop David Thomas preached at the 11am Parish Eucharist