Thought for The Day – Saturday 5th June

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They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down, they kept watch over him there.

Matthew 27: 33 – 36

Reading these verses gives a glimpse into the callous nature of humanity such that after crucifying someone the guards were more concerned about gaining his possessions than anything else. Whomever these guards were, they had become oblivious to human suffering. Yet there is a lesson for us all here. When we stop noticing inhumanity around us we too can become callous and uncaring. How many times do we switch of the news because we don’t want to see something or it upsets us when eating our dinner?

Prayer: Father by your grace I exist, by your grace I have hope in this world and for the world to come. As I receive that grace may I extend it to others. Help me to never become blind to suffering or the fate of my fellow humans.

Action: Recognise what you can do to aid people around you.