My friend and I went to the fair. THE WORLD FAIR OF RELIGIONS. Not a trade fair. But the competition was as fierce, the propaganda loud.

 At the Jewish stall we were given handouts that said that God was all-compassionate and the Jews were his Chosen People. The Jews, no other people were as chosen as they.

 At the Muslim stall we learned that God was all-merciful and Mohammed is his only Prophet. Salvation comes from listening to God’s Prophet.

 At the Christian stall we discovered that God is love and there is no salvation outside the Church. Join the Church or risk eternal damnation.

 On the way out I asked my friend, “What do you think of God?” He replied, “He is bigoted, fanatical and cruel.”

 Back home I said to God, “How do you put up with this sort of thing, Lord? Don’t you see they have been giving you a bad name for centuries?”

God said, “It wasn’t I who organised the fair. In fact, I’d be too ashamed to visit it.”

As we enter the season of Advent, we prepare for the coming of God Incarnate, God who is all-compassionate, who is all-merciful and is the source of salvation, and who longs to have a personal relationship with each one of us.

God bless you as you come to know him more complete.

 Love in my Master’s Name;

Fr Des Smit