You may have seen this striking image – Christ the Redeemer lit up as a tribute to key workers in Brazil. Some people called this disrespectful but I disagree, Jesus was a healer, a teacher and a refugee.
The Thursday night “clap for carers” has become an important feature of our lockdown, a chance to come together to show our appreciation and support for those working on the frontline, many who have come from overseas.
Yet only a short time ago some of our key workers were looked down upon, and called “low-skilled”. Migrant workers were made to feel unwelcome due to the “hostile environment” and some experienced racist abuse.
I was reminded of the following passage:
Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures:
"'The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone;
the Lord has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes?' Matthew 21:42
Whilst many of us are staying at home, it is the key workers who are leaving their homes daily at risk to themselves and their families keeping the country going, providing services to ensure that we are fed, safe and protected.
When this crisis is over I hope that we remember this and honour the memory of those who have died by ensuring that we value people for the contribution they make, rather than solely by where they have come from or the material wealth they have.
The reflections here are written by members of our congregation.