Letter from Father Richard
Utopia, by St. Thomas More, is a novel about a perfect society. UTOPIA means NO PLACE in Greek. Utopia has come to mean a perfect world…a perfect society.
In Utopia More has a sideways dig at Henry VIII in that he says: "surely no intelligent ruler would want to rule with a heavy hand". We know from history that most dictators are interested only in their own vision of reality, a man-made scheme of governance that keeps them or their family in power.
In the Gospel we are taught our own inestimable worth in the sight of God, and how we may act to enhance our own and our neighbours’ lives. Jesus asks us to try to win people over to the good, rather than be in reaction to the bad. The Mosaic Law of an eye for an eye, leads to a human race that is full of one eyed or no eyed people.
Rather than being caught on the hop by people’s badness, let us take the initiative and every day do some random act of kindness.
Surprise yourselves, surprise the world.
God bless you all.