4th Sunday of Advent Year B

What is it about Christmas that brings out the best and the worst in people?

It can be such a time of caring when people go to that extra effort to communicate with others that they might not have spoken to in a long time, not only take trouble to buy gifts that will say that we care about the special people in our lives but spend money on festive wrapping. It can be a time of excitement and joy for children and parents alike, a time when families get together and share family fun.

But we do live in a commercial World, a World that constantly tells us that we must keep up with the fads and fashions of the age, that the excesses of food and drink are essential. Put the “Christ back in Christmas” the stickers say on the envelopes that arrive at this time. Perhaps along side that we need another, saying put “common sense back into Christmas too”!

All of us are seeing just how hard it is to make ends meet. Many more families find that struggle having a real impact on their quality of life.

In this time of excess, there are families, young and older, who have to restrict themselves to one room in their houses because they can’t afford the heating bills. Parents are having to make sure that the children have food on the table before they can eat themselves. People fearful for what else the future might bring.

As Advent draws to a close, lets make sure that we put God in the centre of our World, a God who cares for all. While we look forward to festive fun bear a thought for those for whom Christmas will bring problems.

Just a thought!