You may have heard the recent news that a mountain in the Lake District, Blencathra, has been put up for sale.
It is some 2,850ft high and will cost in the region of £1.75m.
The mountain has been in the possession of the current owner’s family for more than 400years. As an added attraction, whoever buys the peak will be entitled to use the title Lord of the Manor of Threlkeld.
It does raise questions as to how we actually own any land or property.
We may assert our legal rights of ownership, but in reality, isn’t this all we can really do?
How far may we actually own any property, mountain or otherwise?
Is it not the case that the world and all in it belongs to God?
As the Bible says, ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.’
Father Stephen Huggins
St. Michael & All Angels Church