“For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:30-32)
The above verse was said by an elderly priest who saw Jesus as a little baby and recognised who he was; a new revelation in the relationship between God and humanity. This is one of many Biblical passages written throughout the 4000 year history of the Bible pointing to who Jesus was. At Christmas we celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in the interaction between God and humanity, the beginning named Jesus and what was to follow has captured the imagination of millions of people since it was recorded. God and humanity are no longer separated but in relationship. The promise that God loves us and is with us, no longer belongs to one elite group but to all of us.
I wish you all a blessed Christmas this year, spend it with those who are important to you and in all the festivities may you find the peace and love of God resting upon you.
Please also follow this link to view a Christmas message from Bishop Paul.
Dear Lord God, as we look to you as a parent of Jesus your son, may we also see the bigger reality of you as parent to all people and all things. A loving parent who desires to unite their whole family in love. As we reflect upon that reality will you place upon our hearts and minds those people who we interact with that need to know acceptance, love and maybe even forgiveness and grow within us the desire to be a vehicle through which they may receive it. Amen.