Dearly Beloved in Christ Jesus,
Happy Christmas. In Bethlehem,Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. He was born, not by the will of man, but by the gift of the love of God our Father, who “so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).
This event is renewed today in the Church, a pilgrim in time. For the faith of the Christian people
relives in the Christmas liturgy the mystery of the God who comes, who assumes our mortal human flesh, and who becomes lowly and poor in order to save us. And this moves us deeply, for great is the tenderness of our Father.
The first people to see the humble glory of the Savior, after Mary and Joseph, were the shepherds of Bethlehem. They recognized the sign proclaimed to them by the angels and adored the Child. Those humble and watchful men are an example for believers of every age who, before the mystery of Jesus, are not
scandalized by his poverty. Rather, like Mary, they trust in God’s word and contemplate his glory with simple eyes. Before the mystery of the Word made flesh, Christians in every place confess with the words of the Evangelist John: “We have beheld his glory,glory as of the only-begotten Son from the Father, full of graceand truth” (Jn 1:14).
The sign of Christmas has also been revealed to us: “a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes” (Lk 2:12). Like the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, like the shepherds of Bethlehem, may we welcome in the Baby Jesus the love of God made man for us. And may we commit ourselves, with the help of his grace, to making our world more human and worthier for all creation As we are entering the last month of this year, let us thank Almighty for adding one more year in our life. It is not because of
our merit but on His grace. Let us rededicate our lives before God and enter a New Year with new resolutions by holding the hands of God. I pray that the New Year may be a blessed year for all of
us. May God bless all of us to be a blessing for others.
Happy Christmas and blessed New Year!
– Rev. Mathew Varghese