This is another attempt to address the issue of the sanctity of life in the context of proposed changes to the law on assisted dying. An earlier post is here.
The trouble with assisted dying is that the arguments on both sides are convincing. On the one hand more and more people are being artificially kept alive against their wishes, simply because the technology is available and nobody feels qualified to say it should not be used. Without the technology, nature would have been more merciful.
This is the title of a Modern Church day conference in Lichfield on Saturday 1st November, led by David Jennings.
It has become an increasingly popular question. These are my own personal thoughts. No doubt the conference will be much more enlightening.
Last week I was privileged to be at the bedside of a man who was dying. I say privileged because the experience was akin to what I feel when I approach the altar before celebrating the Eucharist, a sense of being on holy ground, in the immanent presence of God and, like a number of Old Testament prophets who found themselves in a comparable situation, having nothing to say.
This post is based on Jesus’ parable of the labourers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16), as I am preaching on it on Sunday. If you think it reads like a sermon, that's because it is one. It draws on a number of New Testament scholars.
The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire labourers for his vineyard.