MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
During this time of Advent, we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas day. We anticipate with great excitement the moments of joy as we greet each other with good wishes, warm smiles, hugs and kisses. It’s a time to celebrate with dining, singing, dancing and sharing happy times with family and friends.
It is also a time to reflect on the reason Jesus was born into this world – to be our Saviour and Redeemer. He taught us a new way of life – love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and our neighbour as ourselves.
Perhaps this year, as we think of Jesus being born in a stable and laying in a manger, we could also imagine His spirit resting in our in heart, filling us with peace that He alone can give. Let us all yearn faithfully for this peace that comes not from worldly possessions but from a deep and loving relationship with Jesus our Lord.
Recent tragic events tell us that the world is in dire need of conversion and healing of hearts and minds that have turned away from God. Celebrating the birth of Jesus reminds us that we are all one family. We should therefore pray diligently for each other’s needs, especially for those who have suffered from acts of violence. We should also pray for God’s help in bringing peace to the world, especially places afflicted by violent conflicts. And in accordance with Pope Francis’ designation of the year 2016 as Holy Year of Mercy, we are encouraged to heal and strengthen our relationships by embracing and performing acts of mercy to others in our daily lives and to ask for God’s mercy for our own errors in judgement, attitude and behaviour toward others. Let us all persevere with faith and trust in God’s help and guidance to bring lasting peace and goodwill to all through our acts of love and mercy.
May you and your family be blessed with the peace and joy of Christ during this holy season and may the spirit of Christ be with all of you throughout the New Year!
Leslie and Carmen Chin