Reveal among us the light of your presence, that we may behold your power and glory.
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Hush that anguished hymn you're humming:
He's already come in glory!
Drown out John the Baptist. Edit
Advent's dreary. Let's start living
Then, when the Incarnate Verb
First Things 198, Dec. 2009, p. 39.
You challenge us this Advent time
James MacMillan Dominus dabit from the Strathclyde Motets. Maîtrise de l'Académie Vocale de Paris, dir. Iain Simcock. Église de Saint Merry, Paris, 2010.
Christmas is the Christian's Christmas present to everybody else. Christmas, for a Christian tells us why people matter. They matter because God took us seriously, seriously enough to get involved with our lives to suffer with us and change things. That's what I believe, that's what Christians believe and Christmas exists because of that belief. You may or may not believe that; you may think people matter for other reasons, but never mind; that's what we're saying and that's our present, that's our gift to the rest of the world. So; think of this time as a time to recall why people matter; the people with AIDS and HIV that we're thinking of today, the people who are under threat in Pakistan, whose lives are at risk, the people here around us who need love and attention and care, they matter and it matters how we react to them. I've got an answer I think to why they matter, it may or may not be yours, but I'm glad to be able to share it with you on behalf of the Church. I'm glad to be here and to wish you all the very best, and the most Blessed Christmas you could possibly have, because you matter too.—