Strengthening the bonds of God’s family

I recently visited a couple to make preparations for their upcoming wedding. As usual Mrs Doyle like I was battered into submission to accept a cup of tea. They had no Slimming World or Weight Watcher biscuits so I had to eat a bun instead.

While we were chatting their eight month old daughter sat among the cushions placed around her in the middle of the living room.

She sat engrossed watching one of the children’s channels designed for young infants. Her parents explained how the TV could be a great help in occupying their daughter Her mother was especially grateful for the respite which enabled her to catch up around the house.

I told her I could now understand her pain. My nephew and his parents visited recently and as we ate a Chinese he decided to dismantle the parochial house.

In the end we had to resort to bribery, sweets and Cbeebies. The tactic worked but all week I have been finding half chewed sweets stuck in the most unlikely of places.

I also noticed an X-box sitting under the TV and I explained I had been bought an X-box two years ago at Christmas by my godson’s family. In that time I think I have turned on the console ten times but the groom to be confessed how he played online all thge time with his friends who are in Carnhill.

Only recently he had been online with one of his friends playing football, the man in question is an Everton supporter so he likes to live in the land of fantasy.

Being online meant with the aid of head phones he could talk to his friend in Carnhill from the comfort of his living room.

Everything was going great until out of the blue his friend announces ‘I have to stop playing and take my headphones off because my ma’s coming.’ When I asked what age his friend was he replied ‘38’.

Thanks to gift of technology we don’t even have to leave the comfort of our own home to stay in contact with family and friends. Who knows what will be possible in ten years’ time with the rate at which science is advancing.

Being made in the image and likeness of God means we have been made to be in relationship.

Like the three persons existing in relationship at the heart of the Trinity we were never meant to live in isolation from others. We’re called and challenged to serve one another following the example of Christ who came to serve and not to be served.

This is why it is so important to celebrate the fact we belong to the assembly made up of those called to be brothers and sisters of Christ. In last weekend’s gospel from Saint Matthew Jesus explains how when are two or three are gathered in his name there is he is among them. We celebrate this reality and strengthen the bonds between us as God’s children when we gather in prayer on a Sunday as a Eucharistic community.