“The Church must be merciful. Jesus occupied the temple, and chased out the robbers and the thieves, and reclaimed the holiness of the Church.”
It’s not Santa Clause’s shopping day. It’s the celebration of Jesus’ birth. May we remember the love that he showed to all, may we try more widely to reciprocate it.
One of the things my friends and I discussed in college on our final few days of term, was how much so many of us wanted to volunteer in homeless shelters, but couldn’t yet because we’re a few months short of being 18 years old. Could you reader, have a think about volunteering somewhere? Or, with my Religious Studies class talking about sending gifts abroad (for example Amy sent the money for a goat so that a family can have milk, help on the fields, a friendly pet… and eventually a nice supper, or a bit more money for some crops), it costs £7 to feed a family this Christmas through Oxfam’s programme.
I love Henry’s Drummond “The Greatest Thing in the World” – all about Love. I pulled out a bit for tonight’s post…
“The greatest thing,” says some one, “a man can do for his Heavenly Father is to be kind to some of His other children.” I wonder why it is that we are not all kinder than we are? How much the world needs it! How easily it is done! How instantaneously it acts! How infallibly it is remembered!
…The most obvious lesson in Christ’s teaching is that there is no happiness in having and getting anything, but only in giving. I repeat, there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Half the world is on the wrong scent in pursuit of happiness. They think it consists in having and getting, and in being served by others. It consists in giving, and in serving others. “He that would be great among you,” said Christ, “let him serve.” He that would be happy, let him remember that there is but one way—”it is more blessed, it is more happy, to give than to receive.”