Broadcast on Pause for Thought BBC Radio Devon on the 5th Janaury 2018
There is a great debate about when we should take down our Christmas decorations – tonight twelfth night or tomorrow which we call Epiphany? Well you may find that your local church or cathedral haven’t taken down their decorations and will not until the 2nd February which we call Candlemas. Why? Because Christmastide for the church is not over it continues until the day we celebrate Candlemas marking Jesus’ presentation in the temple.
During this time we move from reflecting on the way in which Jesus is revealed as a baby to those very first witnesses, to shepherds, innkeeper, ox and ass, and we began to think more about the way in which Jesus is revealed to the world; Jesus reaching out to the hungry, the outcaste, the sick and dying – with a generosity and inclusivity and with love.
Christianity is not just a system of beliefs or narrowly conceived worship it is about making Jesus seen in the world today – is love with a generosity and inclusivity.
So we continue to see the face of Jesus in the work of those who run the food banks and soup kitchens not just at Christmas but throughout the year, we see the face of Jesus in those providing shelter and housing not just at Christmas but all year round. We see the face of Jesus in those who are welcoming the refugee not just in this season but throughout the year – Loving with a generosity and inclusivity.
Christmastide is a wonderful season which I hope you will savour and revel in; for it is the season of revelation, of pondering and wondering so that we can see the face of God in Jesus Christ.