My Beloved Brothers and Sisters,
"Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will come to all people; for born unto you is born this, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." (Luke 2:10-12)
This is a day of great rejoicing my children, for this night salvation has come into the world; the Eternal Word of God has taken flesh and is born a child. Come, let us adore Him!
What can we do but rejoice and glad? This night, our hearts should be filled with great joy and with consolation and hope for God has seen fit to come and dwell among us. The Word Incarnate has come to bring us the Good News, which brings eternal life and blessedness for those who would hear and listen and make it their own, living it to the fullest.
No matter what difficulties and trials we encounter in our life, my children; no matter how out of control the world seems to be, we should never despair of God's love and mercy. His love is a love that conquers all. Tonight a great light shines forth in the world. It dispels the darkness of sin and evil; it washes away despair and fear and replaces it with hope and confidence. Tonight, God fills the world with His love and it is that love which illumines the world and our lives.
The star which shone brightly in the sky so long ago and which led the shepherds and the Magi to the manger in Bethlehem, draws us also to that crib in adoration and worship. Let us leave our worries and cares, our sorrows and fears at the foot of the crib, trusting that God will make everything right for us and the world. Of course we must do our part. We must believe in Him who was born this night as a child. God took on our flesh so that we could see and touch and know Him in a personal and intimate way. For those who believe, hope springs forth tonight in great abundance. The Fountain of Love gushes forth a sweet, refreshing and life-giving water which renews and restores us to our former beauty.
My fervent prayer for all of you this Christmas feast is that you may be filled with the love, peace and joy of the Infant Child of Bethlehem. May you always be childlike in your faith, find strength and comfort in Christ Who is born this night for your salvation, and rejoice in the hope and promise of the Gospel. be not afraid, my children and friends, for God will never abandon you, especially in your time of need and difficulty.
May the peace of Christ be with you all now and during this Christmas Season and throughout the entire New Year.
With the assurance of my love and unworthy prayers,
Your father and servant in the Word made flesh,