There was a lot of publicity before Christmas about the decision of cinemas to ban the Church of England advert based on the Lord’s Prayer, and various of my friends wrote very well about the importance, radicalism and simplicity of that text.
My new year’s resolution is to be better at “forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us”.
The discipline of that line is that to forgive, you have to understand, and empathy, when you are angry or hurt, is difficult.
I have always tried to maintain this discipline – I think Tower Hamlets politics would have broken me by now if I had remained angry about every threat, insult or lie. It is sometimes harder when the pain is more personal. I will do better.