On Tuesday it was the day in which the church remembers St Aelred of Hexham. He was brought up to be a courtier but chose to become a monk. His intelligence and friendly disposition helped him to rise to the position of abbot, first at Revesby in Lincolnshire and then at Rievaulx Abbey in Yorkshire. Aelred was unusual in recommending that monks had special friends as well as having their relationship with God. He understood how important friendships are to human welfare. As a result of this Aelred is the Patron Saint of Friendship. I often say that friendship is our sacrament online so I suppose Aelred should have a special place in our hearts.
The readings at the 2pm service were Psalm 36:5-10, Philippians 2:1-4, John 15:9-17. My reflection follows: