From the Archbishop's Desk

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One of the hazards of being tall is that I look up more than I should. Inevitably, I trip over things from time to time, which brings me down to earth with a bump. Sometimes people think that I'm being rude because I don't acknowledge them if they are below my line of sight, and that can get me in trouble too. Of course, there are some advantages to being tall too, such as being able to see over the heads of people in a crowd, or lifting luggage onto the rack in train.

But being able to look over and beyond our past and present experience and see further, is something that everyone can do.

During the Christmas season we were encouraged to look up by the shepherds who, in seeing the night sky filled with angels glorifying and praising God, were led to someone who was very down to earth - to God's Son, Jesus. The wise men also looked up and saw a star which led them to the true King. They prostrated themselves on the ground before him and offered the homage due to a king.

Throughout the year ahead, we should keep looking up: Because, by broadening our vision and taking in the magnificence of creation, even if it is likely that sooner or later we may trip over and find ourselves humbled, it is there that we will surely encounter the Lord.

+ Malcolm

Archbishop of Liverpool