One of the things which I afflict myself with during Lent is to join an ecumenical housegroup. Actually last year’s was very good and I enjoyed it - possibly because there were several other Catholics in the group. But this year I am the only Catholic and am having the interesting experience of finding out what passes for Christianity in the United Reform Church and the Baptist Church these days.
Sadly they seem to have fallen from their former evangelical glory - in fact I have the odd experience of being the most evangelical member of the group. We are studying the Beatitudes, which I am relieved to find out are not the complete challenge to my every assumption that I thought they were, but are simply exhortations to give a bit more money to charity, be nice to other people and make sure we recycle.
I exaggerate a bit of course - but sadly not that much!
Tonight we are doing “Blessed are the merciful” and “Blessed are the pure in heart”. I’m interested to see from the course booklet that “they will see God” means that we will “recognise the possible, and God as the source of all our ‘possibility thinking’”.