Fr. Albert December 23rd letter
Greetings in Christ,
A Blessed fourth Sunday of Advent! This is the shortest of the four “weeks” of Advent, having only one day, falling as the eve of Christmas. The Gospel proclaims the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth who heard Mary’s greeting, and the baby in her womb leaped for joy. The meeting of Mary and Elizabeth is also the meeting of John and Jesus from within both mothers’ wombs, in fulfilment of God’s will. What a joyful experience of God’s favor for two great mothers.
DECEMBER 25 CHRISTMAS DAY
Merry Christmas to everyone and all!
We are now celebrating the day of Jesus’ birth – the word of God becoming flesh. Today is the feast of the Incarnation. God has made himself visibly present among us, his people. He humbles himself, a lovely child in a manger. Jesus first made himself “present” in a family to consecrate our families. This is the first mission of Jesus’ coming – sanctifying our families with his loving presence. He makes every family sacred, as holy as Nazareth with Mary and Joseph. This is God’s blessing of love to all of us, His presence as a child.
We impart our Christmas blessings, greetings and message of God’s love to all of you! With Fr. Peter, our Deacons, and the Parish and School Staffs, I wish you a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
Fr. Albert B. Becher, Pastor