Ordinary Sunday 15/ National Bible Sunday, 16th July 2017 -Vicar’s Reflection
Have you ever been a fashion victim? Have you ever found yourself really, really, really wanting a particular shirt, or skirt, or hair colour or cut, or set of boots? And felt so cool when you were wearing ‘the look’. Then years later when you see a photograph of what you wore or looked like you were horrified? Most of us have photos in storage that quietly disappear when no one is looking. Sometimes cruel parents or siblings or children bring them out at 21st birthdays, or 71st s just to mock. My advice is- take it on the chin, we’ve all been there, and if you haven’t yet – it’s coming. Looking back, we may ask ourselves, what was I thinking to wear something so awful? Perhaps the more likely question is ‘who was I following?’ We humans like to fit in. So we watch each other and when we see someone we admire we may try to capture that look – just a little, and sometimes quite a lot. Colossians point us to a different kind of fashion: “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” These will never go out of fashion. This is just a small glimpse of the wisdom in the Bible which we celebrate today. The fashions of the day are designed to shift and change. The Bible offers us the constant and enduring wisdom of God.