The Royal Wedding gave me a lot to think about last month. It was wonderful to see Harry and Meghan making their vows before God and the Church, and I was thrilled to see so many people having a most enjoyable day not just in Windsor but throughout the country. Festivities like this this do much to balance the sad news that we usually hear.
There were two small connections that made me feel part of the action. Karen Gibson, who led the Kingdom Gospel Choir, also formed the Maria Fidelis gospel choir which sang for Pope Benedict when he visited Twickenham in 2010. I was chair of governors for some years at Maria Fidelis Convent School in London which is an FCJ school like Bellerive here in Liverpool. Also, the marvellous cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who played for the congregation while Harry and Meghan signed the marriage register, was a pupil with his siblings at The Trinity School in Nottingham, my former diocese.
I am a great believer in making connections. The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost is all about making connections. We are united by the Spirit in the one Christ. That is a serious idea that can be hard to grasp but we can get an inkling of what it means when we see an enormous crowd of people drawn together to celebrate the love of this young couple. May God bless Harry and Meghan, and may their marriage be a sign of God's love to the world.