The other day I watched our national rugby side pray for their game against Wales. I’d love to know what they were praying for. Judging from the little prayer responses made every time they scored, it was likely they were praying to God to give them victory over their opponents, which they ultimately got.
Whatever it was I must say that I find it deeply disturbing that God was more interested in a rugby match than what was about to happen in the Philippines. Then to talk of that shocking disaster as a punishment from God just boggles the mind and heart.
The great fourteenth century Christian mystic, Meister Eckhart, used to pray, “O’ God rid me of God.” I can understand that, especially in the context of some profoundly warped ideas of the divine – however you understand the term.