Christ­mas is for giv­ing and shar­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - Christmas Feature -

‘‘ I bring you good news of great joy for all the peo­ple: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Mes­siah the Lord. Glory to God in the high­est heaven, and on earth peace among those whom God favours.’’

Luke’s gospel af­firms that Je­sus, not Cae­sar, is the good news and Son of God who brings peace.

The lan­guage

of Ro­man sovereignty and dom­i­na­tion has been trans­formed when it en­coun­ters Christ, into the lan­guage of peace and great joy to ev­ery­one.

The im­por­tant ques­tions from the birth sto­ries are still there for us. ‘‘Is Je­sus the light of the world? Is he the true Lord?’’

An­swer­ing these ques­tions lays claim to our whole lives.

We are brought to the child in the manger and in­vited to kneel there. We find that there are strangers from the East be­side us, wise enough to look in a lit­tle cot­tage for a king, with all the knowl­edge of the times able to fol­low a star to find God.

We find that God is with us and is ac­ces­si­ble as a tiny baby, God’s own self, as vul­ner­a­ble as we are, is with us in our hu­man­ity.

Je­sus, God with us, wait­ing for us to recog­nise God in our own lives, here and now, even in our own fam­i­lies as we gather around the bar­be­cue or ta­ble on Christ­mas day and to give him our trust.

Through Christ­mas we come to know that God is with us, in our joys and even when we are in our most vul­ner­a­ble times.

Christ­mas is the time giv­ing and shar­ing.

It is the time of lov­ing and

of for­giv­ing and to feel the joy and hap­pi­ness of be­ing loved and to be loved.

May the love of Je­sus fill your hearts with joy, peace, pros­per­ity and with his bless­ing.

Have a won­der­ful Christ­mas Sea­son.

’Ofa ke mou ma’u ha Kil­isi­masi Fiefia mo ha ta’ufo’ou Monu’ia.

Rev­erend Me­tuisela

Ta­funa

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