Monday 25 December 2017
Birth of the Lord.
Isaiah 52:7 10. Psalm 97(98):1-6. Hebrews 1:1-6. John 1:1-18.
All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God—Psalm 97(98):1-6.
Do not be afraid.
The bad things that happen are only outweighed by the huge amount of good that is carried out by good people! God does not wait for the world to become good; he rather chooses to make a home with us.
The shepherds see the world changing around them; they fear that God is abandoning them; things are turning for the worse. They—and we—are told do not be afraid.
Let’s pray for the grace of courage to have confidence in the love of God, amid the reality of ourselves and our world. Let us welcome God into our lives in no matter what ‘disguise’ she seeks to enter. Let’s find ways to bring the stranger to our Christmas table and to respect the way in which the earth sustains us. In including others, let us discover the true meaning of home, a place of nurture, hospitality and celebration.