The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu:
“Many people will celebrate on December 25 but will find no room for Jesus on the special day.”
"The reason why Jesus can’t find room for his Gospel, which he embodied in his person at his first coming, is closely analogous to that which he encountered in his birth – namely that people’s hearts are preoccupied.”
"They are filled to the brim with their own agendas already. And we, who are his followers, so poorly represent the worth and largeness of Christ and his Gospel.
Instead of putting Jesus at the centre of our lives, "we leave him at the margins."
"Many celebrate Jesus Christ’s birthday, but don’t want him to be present," he continued. "The birthday boy will spoil our celebration of his birthday if he is around."