The World Turned Upside Down

Sister Regina McGarry OP

The people who have been turning the whole world upside down have come here now. (Acts 17:6)

This was the claim made by those who rejected the Good News preached by Paul and Silas to the people of Thessalonika. And they were turning the values of the world upside down,

following the teaching and example of Jesus, whose apparent defeat on the Cross conquered death and brought the glorious new life of the Resurrection. Would that we Christians were known for turning the values of our world upside down!

This quotation from Acts came to me as I was thinking how our world is really upside down now.  All sorts of quotes keep coming to me. The refrain ‘When will it ever end?’ from the folk song.  ‘A day in the life of’, a popular essay title given to us as children in school. None of my flights of fancy then come anywhere near what I would write now. And not from fancy but from fact.

I like to think, and I pray, that at the end of this long pandemic journey, the world upside down, gifted to us by Jesus’ life, death and resurrection,  will be our brave new world. ‘I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full.’ (John 10:10).

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