Last night was the first night of Passover, so we were at family for dinner and something that might be very loosely termed prayers. A gathering of eighteen.
During the proceedings we read out the ten biblical plagues that God brought down onto the ancient Egyptians: blood, frogs, locusts, and so on. Paul said that in some more progressive communities they don’t read out these plagues, but instead list more modern blights which make it more relevant to us today. These include AIDS and global warming.
So our vernerable host began his own list: traffic wardens, bureaucratic red tape, speed cameras,… I suggested creationism. Then someone else offered religion. Somehow I think we got away from the essence of the occasion.