Whoever kills an innocent person it is as if he has killed all of humanity. Quran 5:32
How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity. Psalm 133
The voice of our common humanity is louder and more powerful than the voices of violence and hatred. For those who would draw down a veil of darkness, oppression and repression, love was perfected on the cross by Christ and perpetual fear was cast out. Pray for the turning of hearts and for the release of those enslaved by evil into true liberation and freedom. In our anger and bewilderment, we cannot and must not join in the suppression of humanity nor the language of malice.
Tomorrow, Maundy Thursday I will kneel down in front of someone with a bowl of water and a towel and perform one of the greatest privileges afforded to me – I will wash their feet. Although a privilege, it is also daunting and intimate. This was a foul task, reserved for the lowest servant or possibly given as a punishment. Imagine the streets dusty and littered with animal dung. Our streets are no better now. The heat of the day probably didn’t help despite the sandals. So what do I get from it? A sense of self righteousness or the attitude of the martyr? For me, it is one of the few actions that I can perform in exact emulation of Jesus and it is a miracle. So much is wordlessly spoken when we stoop before someone else and show them that they are loved and accepted. Your dust and dirt can be washed away so that the inner you can shine all the brighter. After drying the feet, I will add a spot of perfumed oil so that the fragrance of the grace of God may linger.
Blackfriars Road is changing. A variety of new developments are under construction, and further proposals are being submitted by developers along this historic street.
This follows a wider process of change in the area which has seen successful improvements to The Cut, the opening of a new Thameslink station at Blackfriars, and thousands of visitors arriving at Southwark Tube to access the Tate Modern.
This process of change is set to continue with the completion of the nearby Tate extension, the redevelopment of a number of mixed use buildings under construction along the street, and the emerging masterplan for the Elephant and Castle to the south.