Message Raughton Head Parish Magazine Rose Castle
We all know the difference between friends and friends and friends. Social media has given us friends we might never meet yet are still described as friends. People also tend to have acquaintances they would call friends and others with whom they make a deeper connection.
What is it that crosses that divide? What is it that changes a person into a true friend? We have seen the change of friendships over the last year; some people have been divided and others brought together. Some have offered true care or made great efforts to stay in touch, others haven't. When Jesus told his disciples, "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you" (Jn 15.15) he was saying friendship is based on deep personal knowledge of each other and trust. That rings a bell for me. Acquaintances become friends when we are interested in each other, when we share and when we trust. Making that connection takes some effort and sometimes some vulnerability.
For me, the last year has shown me that we need each other more than we thought we did. I hope that we can continue to do this with friendship, with trust and with care. I pray for God's blessing for you all.
Ben Phillips - 070360 99123

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