>Size isn’t everything – but it’s important when you’re small fry. We have one parish – two churches – one larger, the other smaller in an unequal partnership. It’s hard for those representing small St Peter’s in any meeting with those representing large St Andrew’s. Attention is invariably focussed on big brother, even though there is a genuine love and regard for little brother.
When big cheese meets small fry, small fry usually feels belittled. But – big BUT -when small fry’s eyes meet God’s s/he wins the prize every time.
So small fry, don’t resent the status of little brother – and big brother BEWARE. “Unless you change and become as a little child, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:3) and “Consider your own calling, friends. Not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something, so that no human being might boast before God”. There are so many stories in the Bible where the last is first and the greatest is the least.
Look at big brother and little brother in the story of the prodigal son – big brother is the one who is shut out because of his self-righteous jealousy.