Steph ReflEXE on Jude
This morning I was reading the letter of Jude. What a wonderful letter it is - and not just because it is short! In the opening couple of verses Jude explains to his readers exactly who he is and who he is writing to - 'those loved by God the Father, called and kept safe by Jesus Christ'. And I feel the same about you too, and hope that you know how much God loves you. In the second verse Jude prays that the recipients of his letter will know God's mercy, peace and love.
As Eugene Patersen translates it, 'Relax, everything's going to be all right; rest, everything's coming together; open your hearts, love is on the way!'
And that's exactly what we mark and remember each and every Christmas time, as we celebrate Jesus coming into the world, to show God's love to us. What more could we ask for as we face a new year?
As Jude writes towards the end of his letter, 'carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the centre of God's love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life'.
May arms are open and outstretched!
I hope yours are too!