From the Archbishop

Archbishop's Christmas message 2015

'Tilt the balance towards peace'

December 16 2015

Christmas this year, as so often, will be celebrated in the dark shadow of violence and fear, from terrorism to domestic violence. This is no surprise; it has always been so, Australia’s Anglican leader, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier says in his Christmas message.

“Jesus, too, was born into a world of cruelty, violence and exploitation. He knew first-hand what the worst of human anger was like, and how irrational human cruelty can be,” says Dr Freier, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia.

“And yet, by His coming into the world, Jesus brings us hope. Born as a baby, Jesus brings the divine message that being human is full of possibilities for good. To be human is a gift from God: it is a gift to be used for life.”

Dr Freier says Jesus’ example is an alternative to the hatred we see all around us in the news, on social media and, sadly, all too often in our own lives. Jesus brings life. He told His disciples, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

“Every person who follows Jesus and looks to his way of life, of peace, tilts the balance away from hatred. This Christmas, I invite you to pause, to consider Jesus’ way of peace, his healing of people in body, mind and spirit, his teaching of compassion and justice, his bringing of hope.”

Jesus’ birth is the opportunity to look at our own lives and discover the seeds of hope again.