There were young triplets at St. Boniface Church on Siesta Key yesterday for the Christmas Day Eucharist. Two boys and one girl aged maybe 5 or 6.
They were at Church with Mummy and Daddy, and with their grandparents. I surmised that the family were at home for the holidays.
Two of these children, a boy and a girl were deliciously shy. The other boy was less inhibited.
As they knelt at the altar rail I could not see their faces. So I also knelt, so that I could give them God’s blessing, laying my hand upon each head and saying “the blessing of Christ, the bread of heaven”.
Before I could get back on my feet the less shy child looked me in the eyes. Then he reached out his hand and placed it on my head, in wordless blessing.
He had given me a wonderful Christmas gift, one which left me all teary eyed.