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For such a time as this

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The title of this reflection comes from the Book of Esther 4:14 and speaks of a time when the displaced Jewish people are in danger of persecution and Queen Esther is faced with the challenge of trying to save them whilst risking putting her own favour with the king in jeopardy. Her uncle Mordecai says: ‘Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for such a time as this’. These poignant words are perhaps a fitting preface to any consideration by the lay faithful as to what type of Church we are called upon to build and sustain at a time of turbulence and uncertainty.