18th May, 2021

Christmas 2019 message: Rev Paul Lawlor talks politics

ADVENT is all about waiting. One period of waiting is already over.

We now know what the political landscape will be like over the next five years.

There will still be a sense of waiting to see if our political leaders can deliver on the promises they have made.

An interesting question is, will our watching and waiting affect our behaviour?

The Christian tradition of Advent is a period of waiting; waiting to celebrate the birth of Jesus and a reminder that Christians continue to wait for His second coming.

My reading of Bible causes me to believe that this second coming will be a time when a loving, faithful God who will make all things perfect and new.

Waiting for this coming should change us for the better.

There has been an atmosphere of division, frustration and even anger in our communities over the last year and more.

And, you may be shouting, “religion has caused more than its fair share of this.”

But, is that what the life of Jesus, whose birth we celebrate, points us to?

In His earthly life, Jesus recognised our failings but called us to seek live lives which value all people, even our enemies.

At Christmas we reflect upon God coming to be with us, living with us to reveal perfect love.

Can we seek to heal the divisions of the recent months (or years) and seek to love our neighbours as ourselves?

May you have a blessed and loving Christmas

Rev Paul Lawlor

Vicar of St Stephen’s and Town Centre Chaplain & Rural Dean of Bromsgrove and Redditch

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