Christmas is a celebration of new life and new possibilities. At the heart of this celebration is the birth of a baby, Jesus Christ, born in a remote place that few would have heard of heard of, to an unmarried mother, Mary, that few would have known.
Hands up if you have ever watched ‘Britain’s got talent’ (BGT). As most of you will know, BGT looks for skilled performers, especially those with a hidden talent and helps shape that talent for the bigger stage and wider world.
Over the last few days we have been watching a political dynasty, built up over 37 years, unravelling before us. Zimbabwe. Not long after Robert Mugabe became president, my family and I moved to neighbouring Zambia where I served as a parish priest.
If ever love, healing, forgiveness and reconciliation were needed in our world and in our lives, now is the time. We are hearing dreadful stories of thousands of Rohinja people being forced to flee from their homes in Myanmar into neighbouring Bangladesh.
Just as an older generation remember where they were when they heard news of President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, so a younger generation remember where they were when they heard of Princess Diana’s accident and death in 1997.