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The Good News this Christmas

News St Martin – Talking Points

Sunday 23 December 2012

‘Tis the season to be merry – well, except perhaps about austerity, job losses and welfare benefit cutbacks, not to mention Syria, and the Newtown, CT, school shootings.  So, should it really be: ’tis the season to be gloomy?

No!  It really is a time to be merry, and the principal reason is because you are reading this.  You may come here regularly, occasionally, or once a year.  You may think of yourself as Christian, agnostic, spiritual, seeking, or even atheist.  But whichever of those it is, you’re here because in some way something in this place – childhood carols, your own children, deep faith – has called to you.

Christianity is not a 25 page contract, with lots of small writing drafted by the lawyers which you have to sign before you “belong”.  Christianity is a journey, often with unexpected, almost imperceptible beginnings.  It can start as small as a speck the size of an egg in a human womb.  It can grow as big as a vulnerable baby born in poverty on the wrong side of the tracks.  And it can even grow as big as a man who dies on a cross of wood because he loves us.

You can choose where, and how far, and how fast you go.  But Jesus will not love you less for coming only once a year – he loves you now even if you only vaguely sense him.

So, ’tis the season to be merry – not for the ways we humans mess things up, but because the story of a baby who was God and man, and who loved us beyond believing, still speaks to us at a level and in a place where nothing else can.

Revd Will Morris