Please read below for the December 2019 letter, written by Fr Reid Humble, in our monthly parish magazine, Trinitas.
As we enter December, inevitably our attention is drawn to the celebration of Christmas. Through the stringing of lights, the decorating of shop fronts, and the erecting of trees (to name just a few) we encounter it at almost every turn. For some of us this will be a time that we relish and love every second of. Yet, for others of us, it will be a difficult and challenging time of year. It is very easy to be caught up in the business of this month and lose sight of the needs of our neighbours. When we do so we might miss the opportunity to rejoice with others, or to lift someone up in the midst of a difficult time.
Of course, December is mostly filled with the season of Advent, which is a great gift to all of us under commercial pressure at this time. This is a season where the church prepares to celebrate the coming of Christ in his incarnation through cultivating a sense of expectation and preparation. We do this through our environment as the church decorations are simple and spare, and purple is the liturgical colour. It offers us an antidote to the clutter and chaos of much of commercial environments. Our worship offers us the opportunity to slow down and contemplate God’s presence with us. Through these habits of watchfulness, we learn afresh each year as a community how to identify God, and simultaneously how to see our neighbours as God sees them.
After keeping watch through Advent, we celebrate Christ’s incarnation at Christmas. It is much more than simply celebrating his birth. We rejoice at the wonderful mystery of God’s dwelling among us in the fullness of humanity for the sake of our salvation. The birth of Christ sets out the pattern of God’s selfless giving to us and provides us an alternative to the pervasive life of consumption in our time.
We look forward to welcoming you at Holy Trinity during this important time in the church’s calendar, especially if you are seeking a place of refuge.
With every blessing,Fr. Reid.