For years I would have said my home was in County Durham, that is where I was born, and it is where generations of my family have lived.
As the years have gone by I have not lived in County Durham for many years so my feeling of where home is has changed. Now I would say my home is with my family here in Victoria Park, Manchester.
Our parish area has always had people living in it from many different places. If I ask students where their home is they will tell me where they come from, not where they are living locally.
Earlier this week I visited a family following a death. The family were Jamaican and have lived in England for over forty years. However, I was told, they were taking the body of the man who had died ‘home’ to Jamaica.
A prayer talks of Jesus ‘sharing an earthly home’ at Nazareth. Yes, but he was born in Bethlehem, fled for years to Egypt, and clearly moved around teaching.
As we prepare to bless homes at Epiphanytide we also ask ‘Where is home?’