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Little things do mean a lot. As we prepare for Christmas we remember that God has showered us with gifts – none more so that when he sent his only Son. Those gifts come with a challenge. Christianity is not about occasional gestures or charity but about going the extra mile, about making choices which involve inconvenience, discomfort and pain. The force of love, of unexpected and invigorating vitality is what animates Christians. Only true love carries memorial weight, regenerates moments of tenderness, of unions of spirit. Such a love is never encountered in stony walls or architectural masterpieces rising to an impassive sky. The Christian’s primary obligation is not to build memorials to the dead but to give food to the living. Advent is a timely reminder that the secret of life is that only in love for the living is the spirit praised forever.

Few of us have the power to change the world but this Advent we can all do something, albeit something small, to improve life for our neighbour. Today the depth of our commitment to Christ is guaged by the extent to which we love our neighbour. After all, if all we think about is number one, we are not going to add up to very much.

Excerpted from Waiting in Joy: An Advent Journey by John Scally
(pp: 24-25)