Yesterday I celebrated another birthday! Oh my goodness! As the woman who was asked about elections said, “What another one?” They seem to come around more quickly as you get older and the speed of them may be something to do with what’s been going on in the year that’s passed! For each birthday is a milestone, which is why some people just ignore them, others a bit like me, like to celebrate as you might as well there’s no getting out of ageing no matter how many moisturisers we use.
As a Father of three grown up children, it seemed that birthdays were on the agenda, almost monthly! On one such occasion we invited a clown to entertain the kids! It’s always a way of taking the pressure off the parents and it seemed like a perfectly good idea! Unfortunately, he seemed unprepared for this particular little group of 7-year olds and they took over the act, the clown walked out, the fifty quid was paid, and we never saw him again!
Luckily when you get to my age, we tend to have much more civilised affairs with a nice meal and maybe some wine, and lots of good wishes and cards! But what are we actually doing? We are marking yet another precious year which has past, and this last one can hardly be marked down as precious, or can it?
What did you think of lockdown, as an introvert I seemed to thrive in working from home and doing a daily walk. Contacting people through zoom meetings, including online services and having the family play bingo on multiplayer Whats app.
Birthdays can then be a time of reflection as well as celebration, of remembering loved ones who are no longer here to share the birthday and celebrating those who have sent a card or a good wish.
When the Son of Man came, he ate and drank, and everyone said, ‘Look at this man! He is a glutton and wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” (Matt 11.19). One of the most wonderful things about Jesus is that he was real, he was flesh and blood, he was genuine and not a pretence. Which means we can go to him with anything, even the clown who ran away from the kids could go to him and say, look Lord I’ve had enough!”
Why because Jesus is a real human being not a false image. He lived and died and was Resurrected, which is why you can place your absolute trust in him.
Fr. Ron Corne.