Christmas 2015 has arrived to a world full of dissension and heartbreak, hard times and the impending threat of global warming. The Christmas spirit of Peace on Earth has been shattered by religous venom between Sunni Moslems and Shiite which has exploded to engulf the whole world.
The gifts of the Holy Spirit which promise love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control seem as far from our reach today as the man on the moon!
And yet, we are asked to believe in the Lord Jesus! We are invited to consider that the Baby born in a cave in Bethlehem, without the benefit of a widwife, without the comfort of a bed, with only a lonely candle to shed its glow, is a birth which will change the world and bring all men to a love and appreciation of God.
We are invited to believe that God so loved the people of Earth that He sent his only Son to dwell among us and to rescue us from our addictions and our transgressions.
We are invited to accept and believe that God loves us with the love of a Father, and that He will forgive even the most hardened criminal if he or she asks for forgiveness.
The message of Christmas is revolutionary and it is life-transforming! The love of God surpasses all human understanding. It is the one thing that stands between us and rage!
If our judgements are not tempered by justice and mercy, we shall fall into the same pit as the Sunni and the Shiites who know not mercy and are incapable of comprehending the message of Peace on Earth.
This Christmas 2015 let us resolve to stand by our faith, and put our confidenace in the gifts of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.