Ss Peter & Paul Year A

You may not be interested in the football at the moment, but when our news and media is full to bursting with controversy, it’s then we begin to take note.

So it is with Mr Suarez. It’s not his two fabulous goals against England that are flashed across the media, it is the fact that he resorted, allegedly, to biting an Italian opponent that is currently making him famous.

What is it in our human psyche that seems to demand of us that we have to take the moral high ground when we hear of the mistakes of others? Who is it that makes us judge and jury?

The misfortunes of others, no matter how misplaced they are or how challenging to our own standards, should bring out the best in us. They can become an opportunity to hold out the hand of friendship, to offer support, to be understanding, even to say a prayer.

Certainly, these are not opportunities to gloat, to spread condemnation, to encourage derision.

It is a good job that there are people in our own lives who have been gracious enough to forgive each of us when we have had to face up to our mistakes. A comfort that people are not constantly reminding us of our inadequacies.

My Gran would have said “if you can’t say something good about someone, say nowt!”

Just a thought!