“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” John 3:16-17
How do you feel when a friend gives you a very expensive present? embarrassed, unworthy, humble, or all of these?
The most precious gift God has given us is his son. Through him we have received the fullness of his love. How should we respond? there is a well-known chorus that goes like this:
Freely, freely give;
Go in my name and because you believe
Others will know that I live’
Through this Advent season Mary and Joseph will be given 21 times and received 21 times. Each participant RECEIVES first and then GIVES, and so it is with the gospel. We have already received from God and so we should respond by giving, or passing on his love to others.
After being received in Chiltern Close Mary and Joseph were given and received in Oxford Road and then again in Sinclair Gate, and then again in Oxford Road. God’s love goes with them to each home they visit. Let us keep passing it on.