A HAPPY AND HOLY CHRISTMAS: and, hopefully, a better New Year.
The day to either celebrate — or to deliberately ignore — the birth of Jesus Christ.
Whatever else he was, this Jewish prophet had a message for the whole world that he called the “Kingdom of God”.
He taught us to pray for the coming of that Kingdom:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name,
“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as in heaven.
“Give us today our daily bread — and forgive us our debts, as we have forgiven those who are in debt to us.
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
That was the prayer.
He followed immediately with the comment:
“Yes, if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will forgive you yours;
“But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive your failings either.” **
The prayer is 2000 years old.
The commitment is one that we have, so far, not disciplined ourselves to live by.
If, with God’s help, we did live by it, would not the problems of fear, terror, genocide, gossiping, broken homes – all such things going on unchecked in our greedy world – start to give way to a new, better world?
Are you (am I?) willing to start praying it and doing it at the personal level — starting now?
(** source: Saint Matthew’s gospel, chapter 6)