So, what are you hoping for this Christmas? ‘Presents!’ say the children. ‘Harmony in the family’, says the parent. ‘A better year in 2020’, says the person who has just lost their job. ‘ Peace on earth’, says the war veteran.All good things- But what about hoping for holiness this Christmas and Epiphany?
Pope Francis says; ‘Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy. On the contrary, you will become what the Father had in mind when he created you, and you will be faithful to your deepest self.’ (Rejoice and Be Glad Pope Francis The World Amongst Us Press. 2018 pg17)
Jesus, the Holy Child of Bethlehem shows his holiness through his willingness to be born in humility, to live as one of us and to die for us on the cross. That is how he is faithful to his truest self . And all because he loves us. The gift he longs to give us is holiness- His holiness!
Look the babe lying in the manger in our Christmas cards and see that holiness expressed as light radiating from his face. Now look again at the faces of those who gaze on him and see how the Light of Christ illuminates their faces- their lives. They are given that deep joy and peace which knowing Christ brings. As Isaiah proclaims, ‘You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord.’ ( Isaiah 23:3-4)
So, holiness is about recognising that we are God’s beloved children. It is about radiating the light of Christ in our lives so we can be the person God created us to be. Think what transformation that would bring about in our lives and in our world in 2020!
All at All Saints Doddinghurst wish you a very blessed and holy Christmas this year!