Bishop Michael Campbell OSA on the simple mercy shown in nativity plays

09/12/2015 11:46 am

Bishop Michael Campbell, the Augustinian Bishop of Lancaster, gives us an excellent Advent reflection looking at how many parents of primary school aged children are watching nativity plays in school halls across the land.

So what do these plays say about mercy in a simple way?

"The children are trying to convey a really vivid, tangible expression of God's mercy in the birth of an infant and in the birth of parents - Mary and Joseph - in the simplicity of the surroundings of Bethlehem.

"And yet, this was how God chose to express his love for us, his friendship for us - in the birth of his son to Mary in the manger at Bethlehem.

Bishop Campbell recalls the Family Synod of autumn 2015 and the clear message that the son of God chose to come into our world through a family.

"Family life is terribly important. The little things of every day - the kindnesses, forgivenesses, acts of mercy and pity, the web and warp of family life - all of these things portray something of God to us because God chose to send his son through a family."

Bishop Campbell concludes by explaining that we can learn a great deal from the simple example of the Holy Family.

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