The Rector Writes - November 2018

You cannot have failed to notice that this year marks 100 years since the end of the first world war.

A war to which young men went off with high hopes.

Not just the hopes of being home by Christmas, which perished in the trenches.

But more than that, the Great War was meant to be the war to end all wars.

Sadly, it did not work out that way.

Since then we have seen a dizzying variety of wars: Wars fought over religion, economics, ideology, historical resentments, racial hatred, colonial oppression. Wars fought at sea, on land, in the sky. Wars over almost as soon as they start and wars that have lasted decades. Wars in every conceivable shape and size.

And the only common factor is us, humankind.

As Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote, "the battleline between good and evil runs through the heart of every man."

That is why peace is not something that will be achieved by diplomats at the United Nations, or secured by peace-keeping troops.

Rather, peace is much harder and must start much closer to home: It requires the deepest possible change. A change of heart, so that we are able not to bear grudges, or resent another's success, or lash out in anger.

We cannot do that. But Jesus promises to do so, if we turn to Him, trust Him, and let Him transform us. That way peace becomes real.