We ask that you join us in praying for the whole family as they live this experience; that God will embrace them all in love and hold them in the palm of his hand.
As we come to the end of the calendar year, we recognise that we have already embarked on a new year in the Church, the Year of Mercy.
This backs on to the Year of Consecrated Life; when we were called to reflect on the place of consecrated Religious in our Church and in our world. We gave thanks for how they have contributed to the communities in which they have ministered in the past, and support them as they move into different experiences of faithfulness in the future.
We have already heard much about this Year of Mercy - how doors have been opened and how missionaries will be sent forth to be a presence in the diocese. But when it comes down to it, what does it mean for you and me?
Well the simple answer lies in the motto for the year, “Merciful like the Father”. This motto is a call for us as followers of Jesus to literally live our lives reflecting what we are all about: mercy, compassion and justice. There are many people who, throughout our lives, have revealed mercy to us. However, have we thought about the times when we have been the ones to open up the experience of God’s mercy to others?
The greatest experience of the Mercy of God was the coming of Christ into our midst; when God entered into our humanity and became one with us in all things but sin. This is what we celebrate in this season of Christmas. The presence of God with us, Emmanuel.
I hope and pray that as we reflect on this presence of God, we may recognise how generous our God is, who chose to pitch His tent among us.
Wishing you all a very Happy and Holy Christmas, and may the blessing of the Christ child be with you all.