Faith

Newsletter Message for Home Mission Sunday 13th December 2020

My soul rejoices in my God.

Through our baptism in Christ, we are each able to say;

‘The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and release to the prisoners.’ In short, ‘to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

In normal times, this may not seem easy, but proclaiming a ‘Year of the Lord’s favour’ amid a pandemic can really sound like ‘a voice crying out in the wilderness.’

However, when Jesus asks us to follow him, he does not promise that it will be easy, but that we will be able to live life to the full. Jesus came not merely to live our ‘best life’ but our whole life to the full. This takes faith, it takes the courage to follow him, and it takes a generous heart that is willing to reach out to those oppressed, broken hearted, held captive and imprisoned.

On this Gaudete Sunday, we are in the unusual position of also celebrating Home Mission Sunday. We are therefore invited to experience the joy of being a disciple of Christ by inviting those we know and love to meet Him for themselves. Whether a last-minute shopper or someone who already has your gifts wrapped and labelled, there is still time to offer something special this Christmas. By inviting people to meet Jesus and accept this salvation we are offering them ‘the joy of being set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness.’[1]

Let’s begin by praying for those we know and love to recognise Jesus as their friend. Then, as prompted by the Holy Spirit, take a step of faith by sharing your faith in some way. Whether through a card, gift or conversation this bold step, when shared in love, could be just the blessing your loved ones need this Christmas.

Newsletter short notice Sharing our faith isn’t always easy but it is possible and worth it. If you are struggling to know where to begin or would like some tools to help you along the way please visit www.homemission.org.uk/home-mission-sunday.


[1] Pope Francis, Joy of the Gospel