Christmas Letter 2020
The spirit of Christmas this year will likely be very different from previous years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social restrictions will prevent us from gathering together for our usual family celebrations. Churches will be closed.
However, all is not lost. The new Zoom technology will enable us to communicate visually and verbally with each other. Handshakes, hugs and kisses will be replaced by smiles, hellos and hand waves. TV masses will be available.
Although physical contact will be missing, visual, vocal and spiritual contact will remain. This unusual experience celebrating Christmas due to COVID-19 reminds us how important and wonderful are the opportunities to spend time with our family whenever possible. We will miss the joy of celebrating Christmas with our children and grandchildren.
The pandemic has cast a spell of fear and worry due to the many cases of people becoming affected and dying from the virus. Immaculate Mary was troubled when the angel told her she was going to give birth to a baby named Jesus. The angel reassured her not to worry and Mary rejoiced for being chosen to be the mother of Jesus, Son of God, who was born to be the Saviour of the world. We celebrate His birth and sing joyfully “O Come, Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
Inspired by Mary’s complete obedience to God’s will, let us not be discouraged and worried because of the pandemic. Instead, pray with faith and trust in God’s promise to hear and answer our request for His care and protection in our time of need.
Psalm 91: 14-16. “Those who love me, I will deliver. I will protect those who know my name. When they call to me, I will answer them. I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue them and honour them. With long life I will satisfy them and show them my salvation.”
As we celebrate Jesus’ birth, let us ask God to bless all expectant mothers and their babies and ask Him to speak to the heart, mind and soul of all expectant mothers who are contemplating abortion, so that they will decide to allow their babies to be born. Let us also thank God for sending His son, Jesus, to be our Saviour and Redeemer.
May you and your family be blessed with lasting peace, love, good health, comfort and joy during this Christmas season and throughout the New Year!
Peace and Love!
Leslie & Carmen