Message from Bishop Peter Christmas 2017
A few weeks ago I saw the love of a grandmother in action. I was in the sacristy of a parish in Swansea preparing for the Funeral Mass of a Northampton priest, Canon Michael Griffiths, who retired to his native Wales in 2014. The lady was quietly checking every drawer and cupboard, every nook and cranny in the sacristy. She was looking for her grandson’s house key which he had lost when altar serving the previous Sunday. She was so happy when she found the key. She knew that peace would be restored for her grandson and his mother, her daughter. It was the grandmother’s love, more than the key, which restored harmony to the family.
With 24 hour news, we are all conscious of the turmoil in people’s lives. Perhaps that is true, too, of our own lives. Where is the direction, the meaning and the harmony in what we are experiencing? For all of us, whether we believe or not, the love in our midst is the love of God who sends his only Son, Jesus, to be with us.
That mystery begins to unfold with Mary and Joseph, and the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. I pray that that mystery of love may unfold in your life and in the lives of all whom you love. May Jesus be your way, your truth and your life.
May peace and harmony reign in your hearts through the love of God.
Bishop of Northampton