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Posted on: 18/12/2020

End of Term Christmas Reflection

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As we reach the end of term, our minds look forward to the Christmas holidays. We know Christmas might look different this year, perhaps we won’t see our family or friends as much as we’d like. But at the heart of Christmas lies the joy in the birth of the infant Christ – even Covid can’t take away this joy!

The mystery of Jesus becoming man, the Incarnation, is one of the great mysteries of our faith. God Himself chose to come down in human form. He chose to take on the burden of humanity so that we might become united with Him through our shared humanity. And He did it all for us.

Jesus didn’t appear on earth aged 30, he was naturally born as a baby in a bundle of hay. The reality of human frailty was experienced by God Himself. He was totally dependent on His mother, fully reliant on His father. He made Himself vulnerable for our sake. 

And when we look to the vulnerable Christ, we remember the vulnerable in our society today, especially those vulnerable at Christmas. It was a great joy to drop off all your food and financial donations to the Dalgarno Trust and Bay20 charities this week. It was a collective recognition in our shared humanity, a humanity which unites us with one another and with Jesus Himself.

Something which comes to mind around this time are the words of St Teresa of Avila (after whom the Avila building is named)...

“Christ has no body on earth now but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours; yours are the eyes through which he looks with compassion on the world; yours are the feet with which he walks to do good; yours are the hands with which he blesses all the world”

And so this Christmas, remember that Christ accesses the world through you! You are called to share and spread His joy and love. You are called to look with eyes of compassion on the vulnerable in the world.

A few days ago I got chatting to my Uber driver about religion. And he said so beautifully: Why are we called to help other people? Because our God created them, just like He created you and I!

And he’s right – God created us all in His image, and He dared to become vulnerable by daring to become human, so that we might become so intimately united with Him, in our shared humanity.

And so this Christmas, spend time with God. Spend time with your Creator. He created you out of love, not because He needed you, but because He wanted you. God desires you this Christmas, so set aside some time to spend with Him.

Wishing you all a very happy, safe and blessed Christmas break.

James

College Chaplain.

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