“Throughout the Christian liturgical calendar we revisit the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus and his ministry amongst God’s people. Doing so we are challenged to discern God’s continuing presence in daily life.
“Although at Christmastide we are drawn to the remembrance of the birth of Jesus we also have opportunity to celebrate daily his continuing presence with us. Jesus’ teaching about the Kingdom of God affirms that the Kingdom of God is amongst us (Luke 17:21). In Paul’s letter to the Romans he writes that “the word is near you, on your lips and in your heart” (Romans 10:8).
“The vision of St. John the Divine of a world redeemed and purified includes these words: ‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth and I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples and God himself will be with them – see, I am making all things new’ (Revelation 21:1,3,5)”