This Sunday we had the opportunity to celebrate Bible Sunday – on our journey in advent we can think about how we have a positive impact on all those we meet as Christians. The word Gospel means Good News and this is what the life of Jesus was going to be all about.
The Gospel reading was the account of John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus, who said “Someone is following me, someone who is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to kneel down undo the strap of his sandals. I have baptised you with water but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.” Maybe it may have been tempting for John it take the glory and attention but instead he played a key role in preparing the way for the life of Jesus. Maybe we sometimes have to recognise we are only a small “link in a chain”, the most inspiring people I have ever met spend time building others up and looking for them to take the plaudits and avoiding the limelight personally as an individual. We need to lead, teach and learn in a way that serves others and improves the lives of those around us.
But turn on the news each day and we do not often see “good news stories”… We are challenged to create our Good News story in our lives in some small way… maybe at times we are waiting for someone else to take a lead or make the first move. We have a chance this Christmas to share some light and hope with those around us. I think all of us can do this, not only with grand gestures but with the smallest things. We have done this during this Advent by looking to donate to the Giving Tree which could make a real difference this Christmas. I was so proud to see students quietly bringing gifts down to donate today – without fuss or reward, knowing it could make a real difference in our local community.
As Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world…” So let’s all spread the Good News this Christmas.