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Posted 23rd December 2017 in Pastor's Desk

Pastor’s Desk 24th December 2017

christmas-treeThere is hardly a day goes by that we don’t hear or read something about the effects of homelessness in the country. From families living in hotels or hostels to those who are sleeping rough in doorways in city centres. The politicians on all sides seek to score points off each other by criticising their opposing numbers’ policies on social housing etc. Local authorities throughout the country are in the line of fire, rightly or wrongly, for not doing more to provide homes for those who are vulnerable in society.

The story of homelessness goes back to the first Christmas and beyond. Mary and Joseph had the bitter experience of having doors closed in their faces when they sought shelter. Perhaps the innkeepers thought they might get a better rent from the next person. Something that may resonate with some of us today. Eventually it would be the animals who would give up their manger for the child Jesus.

Today, as we kneel before the Crib and offer a prayer to the Infant Jesus we think of those are homeless or sleeping rough at this Christmastime. We remember the members of our families who are no longer with us, those who grieve their loss and find the going tough as a result of their absence. We think of families in war-torn parts of the world whose only Christmas wish might be that their children may grow up safely in a world wherholly1e there is peace and respect for the dignity of all human life.

May Christ fill all our hearts and homes with his love at this Christmastime.

Fr. Gerry