This year’s Christmas message from the Bishop of Coventry, the Rt Rev Christopher Cocksworth
‘There was no place for them in the inn’. Jesus was born homeless. The first two years of his life were not much better – most of the time he was a refugee, and in danger. Indeed, later, when he was teaching and preaching, he was often on the road, and he said of himself: ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head’.
Many people will be homeless this Christmas – people in Syria displaced through war, people in the Philippines made destitute by the typhoon, people who’ve fallen through society’s safety nets living rough in Coventry and Warwickshire.
I’ve been really impressed this Christmas by the determination of people I’ve met to provide at least night shelter and a warm meal for those living out on our streets. There’s some wonderful work happening across Coventry and Warwickshire – much of it through churches working together – to make sure there’s good food, a safe bed and some kind company not only over Christmas itself but through the cold nights of winter that will follow.
Jesus once said, ‘As you did it to the least of these, so you did it to me’. As we reach out to help those in any sort of need this Christmas – especially those who have ‘nowhere to lay their heads’ over these long winter nights – so we are reaching out to Jesus. As we do so, we will be touched by his love.