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22 December 2016

Thursday 22 December

[Matthew 22: 34-40]

Winning Love

In the past few weeks our TV screens have been full of competitions. Many have been cheering on their favourites in ‘Strictly’, ‘X Factor’, ‘The Apprentice’, ‘Sports Personality of the Year’, and the winners have been lauded and celebrated. From the Rio Olympics to the Great British Bake-Off, everyone loves a winner. But if we were to ask people for one of their favourite memories, I think a lot of people would choose the dramatic finish of the World Triathlon Series and the picture of Alistair Brownlee, giving up the chance of winning to help his brother Jonny over the finish line.

When we see people putting aside selfish ambition for the sake of others, our hearts are warmed and the world seems to be a more hopeful place. That’s because, in that love we have a glimpse of God’s Kingdom as it was created to be – the Kingdom Jesus Christ came to inaugurate.

The Bible is the story of God’s love affair with humankind, a faithful and forgiving love revealed in all his dealings with us throughout the ages. The two great purposes of God to be loved by his people with all that they are, and that his people should love one another. As Jesus says in our passage today – every smallest item of God’s Law and every word the prophets proclaimed, hang on this.

May we do all we can to fulfil his purposes for us. Love God and love Jesus Christ who is our neighbour everywhere.

 

For further reflection, please read Tom Wright – Advent for Everyone, A Journey Through Matthew, pages 108-111