The early Celtic peoples spoke of the borderlands, those places where kingdoms met. They made much of that time of day where the night began to encroach on the afternoon sun and called this time the gloaming, as the light played in a creative sphere. They saw this as a meeting point. They also saw the great moments in life, birth, death and marriage, as moments when eternity and temporal reality passed close together.
Baptism, Marriage and Funerals remain points where we recognise more than simply the physical, emotional and time bound, but also the spiritual and eternal. It is one of the great privileges of the ministry of the Church to walk with people in these times of joy and sadness, as we real out to the one who gives us Joy, Love and Hope.