Wednesday, December 24, 2008

A Christmas hope that shapes !

Kant, the famous philosopher, described the human situation by posing three questions: What can I know? What ought I to do? For what may I hope?
Speaking of hope Kant said ‘the shape of our hope is determinative of the way we live’.

Christmas and the salvation it brings gives answer to these questions. We know because God first knew us and loved us. In Christ, God comes to seek us out and reconcile us to the divine love and purpose.
What can we do but in glad response follow in the way, the truth and the life. Following in the way of Christ which leads us into the mystery and meaning of God and into serving relationships with our fellow travelers. And we hope for the realization of God’s Kin(g)dom on earth as it is in heaven. The nature of this hope becoming determinative of how we work and serve in the spirit and way of Christ.

‘….and upon us a great light has shone’. We no longer walk in darkness, ‘we have seen a great light’, we know and have One to follow and a hope to shape us. A hope based not on our efforts and understandings but on the substance of God’s action of grace and peace in Jesus Christ whose birth we celebrate with wondering love and thanksgiving.

No comments:

Post a Comment