Minister’s Note 3 December 2017

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Advent Hope, Credit: Glen Bradshaw, Definitive Light Photography.

He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.” (Psalm 25: 9)

As we begin the Advent season, we prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus who has come in the past, who continually comes in the present, and who will come in the future. Advent is a special time of anticipating the mystery of the Incarnation, God who chooses to take on frail and mortal human nature, born of a woman and dwelling amongst us.

You are probably asking “How do we prepare ourselves so that Jesus can come into our lives and into the broken world where we live?” As we look forward to the miracle of Christmas I encourage us to reflect on what it means for the Son of God to leave heaven, coming to earth, and entering the world with no glamour. Jesus demonstrated a profound humbling of himself. Throughout his life on earth, he demonstrated a spirit of profound humility, saying that he came “not to be served, but to serve”. On his last night with the disciples, he took a towel and basin and washed their dirty feet, instructing them to follow his example of servanthood with one another.

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we learn from the greatest example of humility in history. Humility is the proper attitude before God and it keeps us from depending on our own strength. We are limited in many ways and are dependent on God. We are also loved, and redeemed by God’s grace alone, not by anything in or of ourselves. This is the opposite of nearly everything we hear today, as many people strive to go up the social ladder.

As we prepare to celebrate the Christmas miracle, may we be inspired by the humility of Christ, allow him to enter our hearts, mind and soul so that he may be visible to others through who we are, what we say and what we do.

May God bless you and your families as you enter into the mystery of Jesus’ birth.