The Very Rev Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans, preaching at the funeral of the Very Rev Colin Slee, Dean of Southwark.
This segment is particularly profound, addressing why bad things happen to good people - a perennial topic of debate, consternation and confusion:
That faith never wavered, not even in the few weeks between the diagnosis and his death. A fortnight ago Colin asked me to say something at a service he had been due to preach at in St Albans. He said this:
‘People have been shocked by the suddenness and seriousness of my illness, and some have asked ‘Why you?’ Well, why not me? We believe in a God who creates a world with freedom for life, and freedom means the potential for going wrong. Cancer is life gone wrong. But if God didn’t let go and let go wrong, He would be less than the God of the Gospel’.
Other people had said to him ‘It’s not fair: you’ve led a good life’. Colin replied, ‘How do you know? And anyway, whatever goodness I have is God’s gift. We rely on mercy, not fairness’.
Makes one wonder why the Very Rev Jeffrey John isn't a bishop himself...