Christ is the power of hope, peace, joy and love.

This power was born in the historical person of Jesus and is born again today in every heart that honours the presence he embodied.

To see Jesus is to see my true nature. I was created to bear hope, peace, joy and love in the world.

Each Sunday through Advent as we have lit another candle on our wreath, the light has burned more brightly. The closer I come to the light of Christ, the more brightly shines the light of hope, peace, joy and love in my life.

Jesus said to his followers, “You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14)

The meaning and purpose of human life is simply to allow this shine to light. It is not complicated. The circumstances of my life are of little importance. Love does not measure, evaluate, calculate, or judge. To love is simply to receive the presence of mystery and light that dwells in every moment of life and to live from an awareness of that presence.

All that matters is that my heart opens to the beauty and goodness that live within every human being and are born every time heart any opens to love.

God bless you all in this holy season. May you live in the power of Christ who brings to birth the light of hope, peace, joy, and love wherever he is received.