The One Gift That Changes Everything
Message from Fr Len — 3rd Sunday of Advent (B)
Christmastide is the time of year when we take stock of where we are in our lives, another year has passed and the New Year will give us many opportunities to begin again, to make a new start and put all that we don’t want in our lives behind us. We are especially encouraged to live in the spirit of peace and good will to all. Christmas is a time for renewal of spirit and of asking God to be in our lives in a more meaningful way so that we can live our lives in the light of God’s love for all of his creation. The glow from the crib which heralds the birth of the Christ-Child warms the hearts of young, and the not so young, when we allow it to do so.
In the Charles Dickens novel, A Christmas Carol, we read how even the miserable and hard-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge, was transformed into an entirely new person – a much more lovable person who is at last at peace with himself and the world around him. This is a vital part of the Christmas message for all of us, to allow our better selves to blossom and grow and to make the world around us a better place.
This Christmastime let us try to care for those around us who are in any need. It is an opportunity to spread warmth and happiness in a world that, for many, is challenging in these difficult and troubling times.
May we all hear in our hearts the song of the Angels at Bethlehem, on that first Christmas night, heralding peace and good-will, may we experience the coming to fruit of what is best in each one of us.
At this holy time, let us remember in our prayers all those who are going through a difficult time – especially those who are sick. We pray for our beloved Priest, Father John and wish him a speedy recovery.
For many, Christmas is the time for coming home to family and friends. It is important to be close to those who are dear to us. Let us also come home to the Holy Family as we gather at the Crib.
For Christians throughout the world, the Holy Night resonates with the wonder of what happened on that special night in Bethlehem so many years ago. It is a night of joyful thanksgiving.
This time can also be a moment of new discovery and decision, new opportunities, as we prepare for the New Year. The love of God, which entered our world in such a spectacular way at the Birth of the Christ-Child, takes on a new force. It can turn us away from the forces of darkness and negativity and open our minds and hearts with a new and realistic optimism.
The sense of eternity enters our world of here and now. Peace and good-will to all is the Christmas cry of the Christian at this holy time as we gather at the Crib.
Come, let us worship!