Magazine article Anglican Journal

A Look in the Mirror

Magazine article Anglican Journal

A Look in the Mirror

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There are times when we each bump up against our own rules in very telling ways. Recently this happened to me while I drove from my home to the cathedral, a trip that takes me over the bridge between West Kelowna and Kelowna.

The speed limit where I merge onto the highway is 80 km an hour. Very quickly, however, upon veering round a bend that leads to the actual bridge, this speed limit changes to 60; not surprisingly, few people on the road reduce their speed--including, I hate to admit, myself.

On this particular trip, as I rounded the bend I noticed a police car coming up the next ramp--in fact, not just one but two police cars. Immediately upon seeing these vehicles, I, like everyone else on the highway, started to slow down to 60 km an hour. As I did this, I found myself feeling amused. Faced with the authorities and the possibility of a speeding ticket, I quickly began to jump through the hoops of the law, doing exactly what these authorities expected and wanted me to do.

What made me smile was the instantaneous connection I made between what I had done and what many people--who come to the cathedral to be married or to have their babies baptized--do. In order to receive the blessing of the church in either of these two sacraments, most people are more than willing to jump through all the hoops to make this happen. …

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