by The Most Rev. Charles Jason Gordon, Apostolic Administrator, Diocese of Bridgetown
Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Yearly we glance ahead with joyful anticipation to celebrating the approaching into the world of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Allow us to prepared our hearts to obtain anew this most treasured present of affection from God the Father.
Whereas this yr’s celebration will likely be tempered by the COVID-19 pandemic and security protocols, the importance of Christmas to Christians just isn’t in any method diminished, and mustn’t in any method be minimised. Christmas is concerning the baby referred to as Emmanuel – “God is with us”. God offers us His solely Son, a tiny susceptible new child child. In these instances, we should all the time be reminded, and remind others, that God is certainly with us!
Christmas is about God’s love for us, and the way we should love each other. God calls us to succeed in out to our neighbours, and to open broad our hearts to assist the poorest and most susceptible individuals in our communities, exhibiting them God’s considerable love. So many extra individuals want our love, care and hospitality this Christmas.
Christmas is about households praying collectively, celebrating over a meal, giving thanks for each other, and reaching out to individuals on the margins. In his letter on fraternity and social friendship (“Fratelli Tutti”), Pope Francis wrote: “Households are the primary place the place the values of affection and fraternity, togetherness and sharing, concern and look after others are lived out and handed on” (# 114) The primary Christian household, Mary, Joseph and Jesus, embody the love we’re referred to as to offer.
Brothers and Sisters, as we have a good time the start of child Jesus, the valuable present from God to all of us, I pray that you simply, your loved ones members and pals carry the message of God’s love and mercy into the world. Place your relationship with the Lord as your highest precedence as you do His work daily in your parishes, houses, workplaces and communities. Allow us to all dwell within the surprise of the Incarnation, the present of Jesus.
I want you all a blessed Christmas. Emmanuel – God is with us! Bless our households!