Home-making

27th September     26th Sunday of Year B

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The Mass readings today speak of marriage, divorce – and children. I don’t think Adam and Eve had priest or rabbi to bless their union; it is Father Adam who speaks for them both when he says Eve is flesh of his flesh, bone of his bone.

‘Make your home in me, as I make mine in you,’ Jesus says in John 15, the keynote reading for our wedding. Icons and crucifixes may remind us of that promise to make our home in the Lord, but when these become part of the furniture, they could easily be taken for granted. My wife Janet takes little for granted. She has a constant programme of renewal: the bathroom having been sorted last year, our bedroom was made over this. More than mere maintenance, this programme lets her creativity blossom. Some things get moved, and not every member of the family knows where to find them. New shelves are made; the back gate is painted; the garden is given new plants… It can be unsettling or exciting.

Making a home is to join in the work of the Trinity, to create a place for love to flourish. The effects of the love between the persons of the Trinity are unpredictable, at least to mortal minds. We are there in the midst of it all, called by the Lord of the Dance. MMB

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