In Christ, our humanity has been taken up into the mystery of the Blessed Trinity. What does this mean for humanity on earth? To change, if I may, the traditional statement at the distribution of the ashes, "Remember man that thou art dust, but that thy dust is charged with gold". What does it mean in relation to how we treat each other? Clearly, it is true that Christ identifies with each human person and so we can understand the strength of His words; "Whatever you do - or not do - to these least of these, you do - or not do - to me".
When we hear of elderly and vulnerable people being cruelly treated - treated as or less than animals - should there not be an instinctive and loud reaction from Christians? Where was it? Why, once again have our bishops missed an opportunity to preach the Gospel of life? Where were the news items about the united Christian voice raised against abuse of the elderly in hospitals and homes? Maybe I missed it, but even if I did, it was not very loud. Sometimes we can be so lethargic, but our lethargy can be sinful. Neglect can be almost as bad as deliberate cruelty. Are we not guilty of neglect if we see injustice and offer only a sigh or a whimper?