History teaches us that if good can be interrupted, even displaced it will find a way of remaining a constant in most peoples lives as human powers and authorities of this world navigate themselves back to goodwill.
History teaches me that every Herod dies…. and successive generations bear testimony that the Herod’s of our world, generation, nation and those oversea Russian Herod’s do not live for ever…. their rule will end.
But ancient history, recent history and this present moment bear testimony as do I, that in the birth of Jesus we can proclaim Good is here to stay and to influence us. Good and the goodness of God can not end and we are called to share in that good by loving God and neighbour in our daily lives.
By loving the refugee in our midst – the Ukrainian while they shelter
By loving our sisters in Iran and the people of Northern Africa in Famine – by loving creation back into good health by even by loving every Herod back into good nature.
We have much to celebrate in this great feast of Christmas but we also have much to do in serving those in need. Let us not be hoodwinked by the Herod’s who rule and capture our attention.
Be reminded that God is with us and good for that reason is here to stay and we have a part to play in bringing that good to our world, justice to those who sit in darkness and love to our neighbours in this community of Upper Norwood.
Bless you: thank God for you, thank God that the Herod’s die who cannot learn to love. Thank God who is Jesus born in the manger – The God who is only good; who has a face and a voice; and in us a people to do and proclaim good in our world.