Friday, 27 July 2012

More than Gold

A helpful God-incidence:

Verses 9b-10a of Psalm 19, as appointed by the Lectionary to be said at Morning Prayer today

The judgements of the Lord are true and righteous altogether

More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold

More than Gold - Perhaps that's all that needs to be said about the Olympic Games. It has been very easy to be cynical about the Corporate nature of the build up - this is not really about Sport, but about the Sponsors. The somewhat joyless fun fascists have already been out; apparently, it is my patriotic duty to enjoy these Games, and I think we could have done without the ridiculous, macho posturing we have seen this week from our Prime Minister and the Mayor of London (a Province in the South of our nation, I believe). Reports from priests and Parishes in East London make it clear that the so called Legacy has already failed; there has been and will be little benefit for those who live and work in the Area, and even routine journeys have become almost impossible, for communities who are now just gritting their teeth and waiting for it all to finish.

Nevertheless, as the Sport finally begins, I hope it delivers in terms of expectation and enjoyment for both participants and spectators. The genuine warmth and interest shown as the Torch Relay progressed through Yorkshire, for instance, hints that enough of us are prepared to ignore the nonsense, and do something at least to make this the People's Games. So, with prayers for the safety and well-being of all involved, I will permit myself one genuine grumble:

What on earth is this 'Team GB' business? Why have we excluded one of the four Nations that make up our Country? Does no-one from the organisers realise that the name of this Country is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland?

Prayers for the Games