WELCOME TO THE PARISH OF SKETTY
JUNE 25TH.. 2017
Are you going on holiday this year? Many of us will be and we will be wondering what to take with us. Clothes have to be considered. I wonder if we pack things to take that we would not consider wearing normally? Do we have a holiday wardrobe we would rather not be seen in by those we know?
Vicar Richard Coles, a television personality was once persuaded to try a holiday at a nudist camp. He thought he would be safe. But he tells us the first person he bumped into was, his Archdeacon. I wonder if they ever saw each other in the same way again!
On Trinity Sunday, I said that in life we all have different roles and in each role, we manifest a different side of our personalities. Today I’m asking if we have a ‘holiday role’ in which another part of ourselves is revealed.
Jesus said that if we have seen and known Him, then we have seen and known the Father. But do all the roles we play reveal the Christians, Jesus’ disciples, we are supposed to be.
Does going on holiday mean, ‘letting our hair down’ and leaving God behind for a short while, or do we take Him with us and continue to behave as some think is expected of us?
Enjoying ourselves, having fun, sharing with the family, are all gifts from God. Jesus attended weddings, He took part in festivals, He went to gatherings and meals in all sorts of homes amongst Jews and Gentiles. I am sure He enjoyed Himself. His parables show He had a sense of humour. However, we know from our Gospels that He never missed the opportunity wherever He was, to teach and to care about others. He always showed the love of God in words and deeds.
Holiday time is a time to meet different people and to share with them. Showing that we can mix with others as Jesus did helps people to get to know us better and it gives us the opportunity wherever we are in what we do and say to reflects the love of God for us and for everyone else and that He accepts us as we are.
The Christian always has to be disciplined in behaviour wherever we are but let us remember that essentially, we are called to love one another and to love others into His Kingdom. We are called to show acceptance and respect for the people we meet and to mix with those who are different from ourselves. Remember too, that we may find God in the most unexpected people who will change and broaden our own Faith.
One thing we can do is to show that it is possible to enjoy ourselves in a clean and healthy way without indulging in excesses that harm ourselves and others.
May I wish you all a very pleasant enjoyable and relaxing holiday amongst those you love and amongst the new friends you make.