A Surprise

On Saturday night we invited the – many – people who had offered us hospitality to have a meal with us in one of the hotels. And on Sunday we divided ourselves between the Cathedral and Union Church in central Kolkata. The preaching has an obvious focus when it is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and you are in the ecumenical Church of North India. This is what I said

One of the things about being away in a place like India is that nobody really tells you what is going to happen next. So we did the worship – and North Indian breakfast with the congregation afterwards. And then they asked if we would like to meet the children …




And the children turned out to be a school which the parish runs for the street children in the surrounding area. Beautiful children, beautifully dressed … How do they do that? And there is a certain something about seeing a homeless child as the Angel Gabriel telling the homeless child who plays Mary that she is to be the mother of Jesus