So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

His Excellency Gary Gordon, Bishop of Victoria: The Joy of "No Room"

The Joy of "No Room"

Dear People of God,

Jesus was laid in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.
(Luke 2:7)

The joy of the Christmas season gives us a beautiful time in which to recall the birth of Jesus, a name that means God saves – and He is called Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Emmanuel, God with us. God is with us and His presence among us continues to be a knock at the door looking for a place to call home, a place to be born, a place of safety and security for his parents, Joseph and Mary. 'There was no room in the inn' turned out to be a good thing for shepherds who were visited by an angel on that holy night in Bethlehem and heard the news of great joy for all the people.

The shepherds knew where the manger was, and they knew the way to get there. Even today it is often the poorest who know where the manger is, and they know the way because God reveals the way to the humble of heart. It is a good thing for all of us that there was 'no room in the inn' because it puts God's Son at the very center of history in a place that is open – with no reservations required, no check-in, no surveillance cameras, no security systems and no locked doors. For those of us accustomed to security in every aspect of life, the birth of our Saviour outside the inn may be challenging and unnerving, but it is also a profound invitation and gift of real security and true freedom to become fully alive and let our hearts be open to all the great gifts God wants to give us this Christmas.

Every time we open the door of our hearts individually and as a nation in a Yes to life, for hundreds of thousands of people who today find 'no room in the inn' it will be heralded by an angelic chorus in the heavens: "Glory to God in the Highest heaven and peace on those whom God favours."

During this beautiful season in which we celebrate the birth of Jesus, my hope is that every one discovers anew the joy and peace in Christ. May everyone living in this Island Diocese experience Christmas as a great light showing the way to the manger where Jesus is laid, "because there was no room in the inn."

A Blessed and Holy Christmas to you all. 

In Communion,

Most Reverend Gary Gordon
Bishop of Victoria

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