Some thoughts for the 2nd Sunday after Trinity 

I am sure that, like me, you are very much looking forward to an ending of the restrictions that have so changed our lives over the past 12 or so weeks. The sight of people wearing face masks is not something we are used to and, if I am quite honest, I am not sure that I like them – whilst acknowledging that they are necessary in some situations. I was hearing on the radio someone saying that they do cause problems for people who have hearing difficulties because they rely on being able to see people’s lips to understand what is being said!

Friends of mine with hearing loss tell me that they do feel very isolated at times. They say that they find it hard to be in crowds because the buzz of conversations all merge into one cacophony of sound and its very hard to join in conversations. I experienced that in reverse when I used to lead a Communion Service for a Deaf Church in Scunthorpe. We had some one standing next to me who could sign the word of the service but at the tea party afterwards, I was the only person who couldn’t join in with the chat and the jokes because I couldn’t sign. I certainly felt isolated and left out – pretty much how my deaf friend felt in crowds of hearing people.

During these past few weeks, more and more people are feeling isolated and alone. Those who live on their own are having little opportunity to enjoy conversations with others. We are all missing the rich variety that our normal day to day life has offered us. And there is the temptation to begin to think that we are forgotten, not valued.

In our Gospel passage set for today (Matthew 10: 24-39) Jesus reassured his listeners that they are of great value. “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows” he tells them. (Counting the hairs of my own head is a pretty major task at the moment and I am in dire need of the barbers reopening!!).

In these troubled times, we may feel desperate and alone at times. But we can be reassured that we are not alone. God is with us and we are of great value in his eyes.

Some of us like to spend time quietly praying and reflecting and as we do so we feel God’s presence near to us. Caistor Parish Church is open on Sunday between 2.00 – 4.00 p.m. and on Wednesday between 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon when you can come and sit quietly to say prayers and reflect for as long as you wish.

With good wishes,

Ian R