Christmas can be for many a nostalgic time of year, filled with warmth and peace, family and friends. But it can also be for some a time of struggle, sadness, even isolation. Around the world we see the challenges of homelessness, refugees, economic want, violence and terrorism. It is into this very world that our Lord Jesus Christ entered; and it is His Church that has been given the mission of offering hope and salvation in His Name. We must share not only the Good News of Jesus’ birth but also his love in practical ways.
‘We pray for your Church Lord, the Body of Christ. May we be so filled with your love for others that our actions touch the world with hope which lasts – even when the Christmas decorations have been put away. Amen’
Mary and Joseph have moved on to Oxford Road.