Dear Parishioners and Friends, I wish you all a joyous Christmas!
The birth of Jesus reminds us all about the continuous fidelity and the love that God shows us through His only begotten son Jesus. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16).
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through Kings and the Prophets and at last He spoke to us through this only begotten Son Jesus, who has come to give us life and life in abundance. (Jn 10:10).
During this year I have reflected with you on a number of occasions about how difficult this year was for me personally. At some stage I also started to question everything that happened to me personally and globally too, which resulted from this pandemic. The more I asked, the more pain it brought me. I felt that there was no hope at all. That also seized me with a great sense of fear about the future. But the more I started to look at the way God guided me in the past, and how God guided me in the present, through my family and friends, then I began to see the ray of hope that was coming to me slowly. I am sure some of you would also have gone through a similar experience in your own lives.
The people of Israel were also longing for a Messiah who would give them hope and future prosperity in their lives. So, the Prophet Isaiah consoles the people with these comforting words saying, “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; on those who live in a land of deep shadow a light has shone.” So, the birth of Christ gives us the message of hope, love and assures us the continued presence of God in our lives, “Emmanuel”.
So, dear friends, I invite you all to celebrate this Christmas with a great sense of hope that the birth of the baby Jesus will definitely bring us many glad tidings in our lives and in the world.
My prayer also goes to those families, who are unable to be together, though you all made every possible effort to be united, but due to the COVID-19 virus, it was not possible.
My sincere prayer also goes to those families who have lost loved ones during this year, and as a result may be facing a difficult Christmas. Please know that our loved ones enjoy their Christmas with the Lord in heaven and they too will constantly pray for us at this difficult time of our lives.
So, once again I wish you all a happy Christmas and pray that the birth of Christ will bring us a permanent cure for this COVID-19 virus, and thus we all become the children of joy, hope and love for others.
Thank you and God bless!
Fr. John Sebastian OMI
Rector and Parish Priest