Dearly beloved in Christ,
We are at the threshold of another Advent season.
Advent reminds us of the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus. Christmas
brings to our minds different images: X-mas carol, X-mas cards, X-mas
cake, X-mas tree, Nativity scene and so on. What looms large today is a
commercialized Christmas celebration. It seems as if the core message of
Christmas is very often ignored in the midst of these celebrations!
The value of our Christmas celebration has to be
measured in the light of our proximity to the heavenly voice, yes- the
first Christmas carol: “Glory to God in the highest of heavens and on
earth peace and goodwill to men.” (Lk.2:14) In our consumeristic
culture the motto seems to be the glorification of the human . Hence
peace is at stake everywhere. As Dr. Michael Amaladoss, the Roman
Catholic thinker rightly reminds us:
In a world that pursues power through
money and violence, the God-child is a prophetic affirmation of a
counter-culture founded on vulnerability, poverty and love. This is the
only way-God’s own way – to peace.
When we are all set to celebrate this year’s
Christmas, can we make at least a small attempt to promote peace
wherever we are? The Prince of Peace reminds us over and over again
“Blessed are the peace makers”.
The displaced, vulnerable, poor child of Bethlehem is
the one who ushers in a new era. He is the one who challenges our
egoism, luxury and opulence. He challenges us to be with Him for the
culmination of God’s plan for this world. How do we respond to this
Wish you all a Christ-centered Christmas and a happy
and meaningful New Year.
Yours in His ministry,
You shall call His name Jesus,
for He will save His people from their sins. --Matthew 1:21
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