Tuesday 9th December
I guess that it comes as a bit of a surprise to be reminded that part of the message in today’s readings is about Jesus’ second coming. From my early childhood in a Christian home the Advent season has been a time to anticipate and get excited about Jesus’ birth in the stable in Bethlehem.
However, whether you are thinking about His birth and the years following when Jesus was surrounded by His disciples, or His second coming, there is a common theme described in the gospels of living life to the full with a central purpose of loving and caring for our neighbours.
Some people have said that wisdom goes with old age. Probably not necessarily so. In my experience it has been easy to be disillusioned about the prevalent motivation to promote self interest ahead of the message Jesus taught. Having visited briefly East Berlin before the Wall came down and compared the colourlessness and lifelessness with the brightness and energy in West Berlin, I said to myself when the Wall came down that, now Communism had failed, the focus in the world would be on the viability of democracy. For me it is sad to feel that the process of democracy in this and other countries continues to be damaged by promotion of self interest—no matter the cost to others.
Brother, sister, let me serve you. Let me be as Christ to you.
We are pilgrims on a journey and companions on the road. We are here to help each other, walk the mile and bear the load.