From Canon John Toy
Sir, — Why do the compilers of our Lectionary make us read Old Testament lessons at Eastertide which speak of God as different from God as revealed by Jesus Christ? This is the very season when congregations are swelled by the uncommitted, the interested, and the seekers.
To those who think that what we read is what we believe, why should we have to read about a God who favours one nation to the exclusion of all others, ordering the taking over of their lands, sending horrible plagues on the people of Egypt and drowning their soldiers to the joy of the Israelites? What do these readings do for these occasional visitors? They can undo years of faithful witness to the Church’s care for all people.
Southwell NG25 0ND