Christmastide Year B

Published on 21 Dec 2020
Nativity set made in Latin America

Because Christmas means love

In recent months I may have hoped that Christmas would be the light at the end of the tunnel, marked by ‘normal’ festivities and gatherings. But for many, this may still not be the ‘normal Christmas’ we’ve longed for, even if the temporary lifting of restrictions enables us to be together with loved ones and to celebrate the birth of our Lord in church.

But however we feel, we can trust that our faithful God is always present with us and around us, even in this year of pandemic. Perhaps we’ve even found ourselves grateful to have a little more time than usual to sit quietly with the Lord, pondering some of the things we may once have taken for granted … including the gift of simply being together with loved ones.

As we look back over 2020, let’s ask God to show us anew how many of our ordinary daily human activities are linked with love … love for God, for one another, and for the whole of creation.

With the Lord beside us, we try to notice some of the special gifts we’ve seen: the bravery of those working on the ‘front line’; the kindness of neighbours or strangers; the gift of communication through technology; the hopeful news of a vaccine; and above all, the certainty that we are loved.

So we pray this Christmastide to know ever more deeply the truth of these words from the French song:

It can be Christmas on earth every day, because Christmas means Love.

This Christmas leaflet covers from Christmas Day until Epiphany with readings and reflections.