Christmas Message 2018

“Glory to God in highest, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Lk. 2:14)
With these inspiring words sung by the angels announcing the birth of our Savior on that blessed night, I offer my Christmas message and greetings to every parishioner and those visiting our parish over this Christmas Season. Along with the angels, we sing that hymn of “Glory to God in the highest” in praise and thanksgiving for the birth of our Savior who ushers in a new era of peace on earth. It was first the shepherds who heard this message of peace proclaimed by the angels on that First Christmas.

During the four weeks of Advent, we have all been preparing for an openness of heart and mind to let in God’s favor into our hearts. May we reap the fruits of our waiting in hope for the gift of peace that the Nativity of our Savior brings to us at this Christmas. May we find true peace, joy, and happiness as we celebrate the fulfillment of God’s promise of a Savior who comes to bring each of us the gift of true peace in our hearts, families, parish community and in the world.

In the Gospel of Luke for the midnight Mass, try to focus on one short familiar phrase: “there was no room for them in the inn.” Christmas is about making room in the inn of our hearts. It is about making room for all people in our lives, especially the less fortunate; the ones who find no room in the inn; the homeless and the rejected. As we try to welcome Christ “in the stranger” into our hearts, may Christ bring us true peace, joy, and happiness this Christmas.  

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Yew Year 2019!

Monsignor John S. Mbinda