More than equal

I have known John for many years. We were church leaders together. His wife Jean died; I visited him regularly. About a year ago John moved away. His mind was not as sharp as it had been.

Yesterday his daughter Clare wrote: ‘The home reported that Dad has been more confused and wandering in the night and out of doors… they may need to move him to the dementia bungalow where the doors are locked.’ 

We are watching ‘The A word’, a drama series about a boy with autism. Last night Ralph and Katie got married. Ralph has Down syndrome, Katie has learning difficulties. It was beautifully portrayed, with humour and sensitivity.

I was reminded of countries where the termination of babies with Down syndrome is encouraged.

We continue to see ‘Black Lives Matter’ demonstrations. People are hurt, angry and frustrated by injustice and discrimination.

Many have marched… anti-war demonstrations, workers’ rights, civil rights, gay pride… with conviction, strength and passion.

This morning I am musing on those with dementia, Down syndrome… those who don’t have the power or loud voice –

A child stands in the middle of Jesus’ disciples: ‘Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’

Jesus positively discriminates in favour of the weak and powerless, those without a voice.

Jesus: ‘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, 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.’

Jesus is there in the weak and powerless, those without a voice.


‘The A-Word – BBC drama series

Matthew 18:3-4

Matthew 25:35-36

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