Twelve Days of Christmas : Day 11

Unto us a Child is born.
Come let us adore him.  

Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will towards men.
We praise thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee,
we give thanks to thee for thy great glory.

O God, who makes us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of your only Son Jesus Christ: Grant that as we joyfully reflect on Christ’s story and how it relates to our own.  Amen.

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Pipers Piping.

The 11 Pipers represent the 11 faithful disciples. I struggle with this one as I believe Judas was an integral part of the 12, chosen by Jesus. Some parts of the Church have demonised the character of Judas which I think is unhelpful in our understanding of the overarching narrative.

Some years ago I curated a series of monologues which explores Judas’ role in the story.

However, let’s focus today on how we might be faithful disciples ourselves during 2021. As a Third Order Franciscan, I have taken vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience. I am continually exploring how to live out those promises as a husband, a father, a friend, colleague and lay pioneer.

Are there ways that you have ‘promised’ to explore faith or spirituality this year?

Eleventh day of Christmas – January 4 : LISTEN

The Christmas season is filled with sounds—the singing of carols, the brightness of laughter, the ripping open of presents, the crackling of the fire—and yet the softest sound of all provides the greatest impact: the Incarnation, the Divine breaking into the world through the birth of Jesus in the most unexpected of places. As the twelve days of Christmas nears its end, set aside time to not only listen to your favourite holiday album or sounds of the season—listen to your life, to your community, and to the world. Where is the Incarnation happening now, in this moment? Where is the Divine breaking into the world in the most unexpected places? It is always there that you will find Christ, and, consequently, Life. (adapted from

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