The Unsought Memorial To Sir Simon Gutteridge


My uncle, Sir Simon Gutterage lived his whole life seeking that phrase or comment which might  guarantee his immortality. Despite a title, gained by an ancestor for turning a blind eye to the rampant affairs of a long dead and unlamented Viceroy of India, he lived free of the means such an title would suggest, and thus sought entrance to the salons of the notable through turning an unforgettable phrase. Rebuffed, he turned to railway stations, then bus queues, and finally odd gatherings in the park before acknowledging, at last, that the planet would still turn, and people live and die on it,  without his name being uttered in any context whatsoever, at any time, anywhere.

That was his sombre reflection as the last of his youthful looks vanished between plump and unimpressive cheeks and his eyes became rheumy and unfocused after decades seeking a pre-dawn nip of whisky to steady his approach to unavoidable responsibilities: a habit which had done things to…

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Mark 2: 1-12 – Jesus Forgives Sins (First Conflict Story)

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The first controversy is occasioned by Jesus’ words of forgiveness to the paralytic, “My son, your sins are forgiven” (Mk 2: 5). The Scribes who hated these words could not believe their ears! To them the words of Jesus sounded like blasphemy because they knew that only God can forgive sins. For Jesus it is quite different. He makes use of this exclusive divine prerogative and forgives the sins of the paralytic. When challenged, Jesus demonstrates his authority to forgive sins by healing the paralytic (Mk 2: 10-12).

It is somewhat surprising that Jesus forgives the sins of the paralytic before he heals him of the physical malady. Is there a connection between sin and sickness? Apparently there is. Disease, disorder, both mental and physical, and death itself were believed to be the consequence of the sinful condition of humanity (Cf. Rom 5: 12-14; Jn 5: 14; 9: 2). Every…

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