When we entered into the New Year 2020 we were so excited to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Now as we are nearing the end of 2020, we are celebrating Christmas. Do we have the same excitement we had for the New Year months back, probably not. The year 2020 has changed our lives, and who knows what lies ahead. No matter what the future holds let us place our trust in God and in His Son Jesus. This Christmas let us Thank God anew for the gift of His Son Jesus, and the opportunity to celebrate the joy of this gift.
But we may be asking ourselves what is there for us to celebrate? How can I find joy this Christmas when things are not so joyful in my life? It will all depend on how we look at Christmas.
Traditionally, we see Christmas as a time of peace and joy, a time to celebrate with family, friends and loved ones. Such joyful celebrations may not be possible for some, you may have lost a loved one since last Christmas, or you may be overburdened by worries, family problems or for many other reasons. As a parish community we want to help you and offer you our support.
Maybe the Christmas message this year is a challenge for all of us. Maybe we are just called to trust, to surrender and be more open to accept God’s plan. Maybe we need to give more of our time to our Lord and call upon Him often, individually and as a family.
Christmas must be a season when our faith is strengthened by reaffirming hope amid defeat, gratitude amid suffering, and compassion amid tragedy. Christmas belongs to believers, to those who believe that Jesus Christ, Son of God, was born of the Virgin Mary to reconcile us to one another and to the Father. May we as believers be blessed abundantly this Christmas and always.
On behalf of our parish staff, I wish you gratitude, joy, love and peace this Christmas and always.