It was hot and muggy. They had just finished Christmas dinner and the children were getting tired and cranky because they weren’t allowed to hop in the pool for another hour. The adults were in the lounge sipping liqueurs and coffee and chit-chatting about various things – the tennis, the Melbourne Test, the climbing dollar, and whether Tuesday was a public holiday. When those conversations fell on increasingly sleepy horizons, Gwen asked, “What did you think of Fr. Brian’s homily last night?”
The local pastor had preached on relationships at Midnight Mass. He’d said
As he finished his homily Fr. Brian suggested that instead of making New Year resolutions it might be interesting if people tried to extend Christmas by relating better through 2011
Troy reckoned it was a damn good sermon, especially with the big crowd present. All of them agreed it was an inspired message for Christmas. While they didn’t say as much, each of them hoped to relate better through the coming year – with one another, and with the lonely and struggling.
God’s love for us was revealed when God sent into the world his only Son so that we could have life through him.- 1 John 4:9
Almighty God and Father of light, a child is born for us and a son given us. Your eternal Word leaped down from heaven in the silent watches of the night, and now your Church is filled with wonder at the nearness of her God. Open our hearts to receive his life and increase our vision on this new day, that our lives may be filled with his glory and his peace, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.
I’d call a place- From ‘Preacher, don’t send me’ by Maya Angleou
where families are loyal
and strangers are nice,
where the music is jazz
and the season is fall.
Promise me that
or nothing at all.
"Hark the Herald Angels Sing" by the choir and congregation of St. Paul's Cathedral, London