Christmas is truly a joyful season of spending time with family and friends as we gather to share a meal, to exchange gifts and to enjoy each other’s company. We could be so busy preparing for this occasion: buying gifts, decorating our house, preparing meals, etc., that we could easily miss out on the reason for the season which
is welcoming the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Despite the busyness of this season, let us pause for a while to reflect upon the significance of this day: God, out of His great love for all of us, sent His only Son to be our Savior. May we be truly grateful for this great gift that God has given us.
When Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem, they couldn’t find a place where Mary could give birth because there was no room for them at the inn. They ended up finding a stable for animals and it was there that Jesus was born and placed in a manger.
This Christmas, may we open our hearts to welcome Jesus in our life, in our family and in our parish. Let us give Jesus the permission to reign in us and to do His work of renewal not just in us personally but also as a parish.
This is the first Christmas that I will be able to celebrate with you as your Pastoral Administrator. I look forward to celebrating many more with you all.
I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
God Bless, Fr. Ken