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The Word This Week
Christmas is billed as a time of peace, hope, joy and love. It calls us to exhibit the utmost in kindness, generosity and mindfulness of others. It celebrates an innocence that is seen in children but that adults long to reclaim. In all of this, if we are thoughtful, there is a significant disconnect between the season as it is observed, and the reality of the world around us. As we turn to the continuing story of Jesus' first advent this week in Matthew 2, we encounter the rough edges of the first Christmas story. We will see that he whose birth announced peace on earth and good will among people arrived amidst fear, hatred and violence. We will above all see that the gospel of Christmas is indeed good news for the real world. Marcus