Sunday 25 December 2022

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CHRISTMAS DAY

Midnight Mass. Isaiah 9:1-7. Today is born our Saviour, Christ the Lord – Psalm 95(96):1-3, 11-13. Titus 2:11-14. Luke 2:1-14.

Love is born

A favourite Leunig poem features the line: ‘in the most unlikely place, love is born, love is always born’. We meet Christmas year after year with a sense of hopeful anticipation, wondering at love born once more, taking on human vulnerability.

After an arduous journey from Nazareth with Joseph, Mary gives birth to her firstborn son on the outskirts of Bethlehem. The one who gives hope to the marginalised begins his own journey from the margins. Luke next tells of the angel joyfully announcing the birth of a Saviour to a group of roaming shepherds who are told to look for a cloth-wrapped baby in a manger. Angelic voices glorify God and extend peace to people on earth. Expressing not merely the absence of violence, such peace is joined joyfully with faith, hope and love to bring people and all creation into fullness and flourishing in God’s kingdom.

God is not finished with us, not finished with all creation. And so love – mysterious and alive – will always be born anew, stirring our hearts, extending peace to all the earth.

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