“And she gave birth to her firstborn son, wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger.” (Lk 2:7)
Those few words describe the most common of human events – the birth of a child. And yet, those words have thrilled the world ever since, for this child is Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of God! The birth of this child changed the world, and in him our “weary world” finds perennial hope, and the promise of peace.
The angels sang of the birth of this child, the shepherds came to adore him, and the Magi brought him gifts. Let us sing, and adore and bring him gifts too! But what gift can we possibly bring to Jesus? Well, the only gift that Jesus wants is the gift of our faith and our love. And in turn he gives us a gift, the gift of peace – peace in our hearts and homes; peace in our church and our world. It’s not an impossible dream – we can have true and lasting peace if we but embrace Jesus and follow his ways.
To all the members of our diocesan family, and to our friends and neighbors in the community, I extend my blessings and a promise of my prayers in this Christmas Season and throughout the New Year. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!