Saturday, December 23, 2017

December 24 -- LOVE
Tertullian reported that the Romans often exclaimed, “See how these Christians love! ”When they saw how members of the early Church treated one another, and even their persecutors, sharing everything they had, caring for all who were in need. This love characterized the early Church in its first three centuries.
In today’s world, where terrorism, mass shootings, racism and acts of bigotry and religious persecution are reported daily in the media, is it even possible for present-day Christians to be identified by our acts of love? The fourth candle on our Advent wreaths gleams with the reminder of the Love that has been given freely to us.
Let us try, each day, to show the loving face of Jesus Christ to each person, each neighbour that we meet, not just at Christmas, but all through the year. And let us look for Christ’s face in each person that we meet. Love is stronger than fear and death.

The words of Christina Rossetti’s beautiful poem remind us of the Source of this love which is a gift to all who are willing to receive it.

Love came down at Christmas, love all lovely, love divine, Love was born at Christmas, stars and angels gave the sign,

Worship we the Godhead, love incarnate, love divine,Worship we our Jesus, what shall be our sacred sign?

Love shall be our token, love be yours and love be mine,Love to God and neighbour, love for prayer and gift and sign.
 -- Gail Holland

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