Reflections - December 27, 2015

“The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.”  Lk. 2:10-11.
My dearest parishioners:
Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, in Bethlehem.
Today Jesus knocks at the door of our world.  As the Apostle St. Paul says:  “The goodness of God and His love for mankind has appeared”.
Goodness and love manifested itself to us in a poor and fragile child, but this does not mean a sad life, but a cheerful one.  The Child God is joyful news of salvation and hope for our parish and for all men of goodwill. 
Receive fondly some thoughts from Pope Francis for this Christmas.
You are Christmas when you decide to be born again each day and allow God to enter your soul……
You are the Christmas decorations when your virtues are colors that adorn your life……
You are the Christmas star when you lead someone to encounter the Lord…..
You are the Christmas card when you forgive and restore peace even when you suffer……
You are the Christmas dinner when you satisfy the poor with bread and hope…..
Your are the Christmas night when, aware and humble, you receive in the silence of the night the Savior of the world……
This Christmas I would like to thank all my parishioners and members of all the various Parish ministries for their goodness and dedication.
May our parish joy be a reflection of our faith in our Savior.  We ask the Lord to fully penetrate with deep faith this mystery of the Incarnate God and to reflect His love in all the members of the Parish in particular those most in need of hope and a joyful Christian word.
Merry Christmas