Dear Sister and Brothers,
Christmas is a feast of joy, peace and love. It is a time to think of renewing our relationship with our family, friends and well-wishers. It’s a time of building relationship. Christian relationship is inclusive as it was in Jesus’ birth which had the Magi from the east, the shepherds from the fields and the Angels from Heaven. Relationship with our neighbors and with God based on Christian Love always calls for renewal. Our relationship includes all people without any distinction based on race, creed, color, language and gender.
Today’s celebration has the glamour of exteriority which blinds us to see the shocking realities of our society. Our global village is connected by modern technological development, but shattered by the modern social evils such as poverty, migration, homelessness, terrorism and religious intolerance. Sometime we ignore the plight of people who lost their human dignity, equality and rights.
The mystery of incarnation is a reminder of God’s involvement in Human life. God becoming human, like us, is a mystery but it is a clear indication that God cares for us. God journeys with us, God with us (Immanuel). The message of an angel was not just for Bethlehem it was for whole world. This message of love is given to us with an intention to proclaim to all, to the whole world.
May our journey of Advent with the theme of “ACT JUSTLY, LOVE TENDERLY and WALK HUMBLY WITH GOD” be actualized on this great feast of Christ’s birth. It doesn’t end with Christmas but we are called to continue journey of practicing this threefold virtues everyday of our lives.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!
Yours in Christ,
Ajith Kumar Antony Dass, ss.cc.