A wonderful time of hope
GREETINGS to all our Morning Bulletin readers.
At this time, we need a huge injection of hope and that is what I believe Christmas is all about. With so much conflict, racism and poverty throughout our world, and right in our midst in Australia, we need to find some light in the descending darkness.
Part of the Christmas story is the visit of the wise men from the East. They had the "get up and go'' to follow a new star they had seen rising and they found Jesus in Bethlehem, the "Emmanuel'' which means "God is with us''.
After Jesus grew up, preached the Good News of love, died for all and rose to life, he said "I will be with you till the end of time''. (Matt 28:20) He also said "Do not be afraid''.
We all have darkness to confront, sadness to live with and concern as to what's happening in our society. Yet, at the same time, we see Jesus who overcame all the obstacles and says "walk with me'' for "I am the way, the truth and the life''. (John 14:6)
The wise men were outsiders and latecomers, but they were prepared look for answers. May we, this Christmas, be- lieve that love is stronger than hate, peace is preferred to war, and separation can be overcome by forgiveness and tolerance.
The choice is ours. We can consciously embrace hope and find a new star to follow, whose light will be shed upon our family and friends ? Jesus "Emmanuel'' is that star.
Brian Heenan ? Catholic Bishop of Rockhampton