Archbishop of York highlights Acts 435 in online Advent Calendar
Posted on December 8th, 2011 at 8:48AM
The complete text of the Archbishop's 8th December Advent Calendar message reads as follows:
We live in a throwaway society – you only need to look at the bins piled up after Christmas to see how true this is. Worse still, it seems we have created a culture in which people too have also become disposable. This cannot be right.
Almost a million young people from 16-24 years old are without jobs. That’s 20% of the young adult population – and the figure is likely to be twice that in some deprived areas. Huge numbers of young people perceive us to be saying, ‘we have no need of you.’
We cannot have a situation where top salaries are right over the top, whilst those at the bottom are being undervalued.
Sadly it is often those who are poorest and most vulnerable who are most affected by economic downturns. You can tell how healthy a society is by how it treats the poor and vulnerable.
Jesus came as ‘good news for the poor’ (Luke 4.18). As his followers we are to fight injustice and give real help to those in need. Now is the time to start. There are many ways of giving help to those in need. One you could explore is http://www.acts435.org.uk/. You can give online to help someone directly.
“He has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted…” (Isaiah 61.1).