Contributed by Geoffrey Foot on Jan 1, 2018
The message of Christmas is sometimes lost in the business of buying presents and getting ready for the big day. So the message of the angels announcing the birth of Jesus is reassuring, 'Do not be afraid' - Peace message.
“Do not be afraid.” – said the angel
Those words are right in the middle of the gospel reading we hear at Christmas - in fact the very first words that are spoken.
“Do not be afraid.”
And then it gets even better.
“Behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the