Comments: Do you catch clean?

Jesus' astonishingly appropriate boundaries. Beautifully conveyed Rosemary. I've heard and read this story many times and each retelling imparts another truth.

Posted by Pam at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 7:33am GMT

"Any fule do no that you catch dirt."

Is this piece written in Scottish? [Gotta say, it threw this Poor Ignorant Yank for a loop. Perhaps my way o' talkin' does the same for y'all!]

Fred Phelps---what can I say? "Ashes to ashes, dust to dust". Lord knows we ALL need mercy at our ends...

Posted by JCF at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 7:36am GMT

Rosemary, thank you.

Posted by RPNewark at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 9:26am GMT

'Any fule kno' is not Scots, but a quotation from _Molesworth_, a series of comic books first published in the 1950s, reasonably well known among people of a certain age in Britain.

Posted by Simon Kershaw at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 11:18am GMT

"any fule do no" and "You can’t pass heat from the cooler to the hotter (try it if you like but you far better notter)" are references which bring back happy memories for those of a certain age.

The schoolboy Nigel Molesworth in the books by Willans & Searle (1950s) used the former expression (actually "as any fule kno") , and the latter comes from the Flanders & Swann review "At the drop of (another) hat" (1960s).

My copy of the Penguin complete 'Molesworth' is at the side of my desk!

I need to get back to plotting Sunday's hymns.

Posted by John Roch at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 11:40am GMT

And oh dear - my Christian name reveals my age too.

Posted by Rosemary Hannah at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 11:41am GMT

O how dreadful to be "of a Certain Age"!

Brilliant piece, Rosemary.

Posted by cryptogram at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 12:59pm GMT

Thank you John for bringing to mind that glorious decade the 1950s - a golden age before things started to swing a bit in the following decade. Yes, a new queen came to the throne and the Book of Common Prayer reigned supreme in all the Established parish churches and cathedrals of her realm. Television programmes were far more family orientated, no need for a Mary Whitehouse in the 1950s, how well I remember Whacko, Billy Bunter and Dixon of Dock Green. Yes, those were the days alright!

Posted by Father David at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 1:07pm GMT

Really poignant piece, Rosemary, thank you!

In a sermon, I was told that another facet of the Samaritan Woman at the Well story is that she was not a whore. Then, only men could initiate divorce, not women. Thus, she was an outcast, someone who had been cast out 5 times. Also, 5 times was the limit that someone could be married. So the fact that she was living under the roof of a man to whom she was not married is interesting, she wasn't allowed to marry again. It may well be that that man was showing extreme compassion, as a woman was hard pressed to "make it" outside of the protection of a man's household.

I was told that this was a story of an outcast and compassion, more than that of a particularly sinful woman. It is a very interesting story, either way.

Posted by Cynthia at Friday, 21 March 2014 at 3:51pm GMT
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