“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord”
(St. Luke 2:11)
These words spoken by the angelic host are from the Christmas Story, passed from generation to generation for centuries. It continues to spread warm and joyful feelings today, even as it did over two thousand years ago. What is so magical and compelling about this story is that our Savior is born, and invites us into a personal relationship with God. Sisters and brothers, think of a time when someone invited you into a personal relationship. These same feelings were the expression of the angels to the shepherds.
The message of Christmas is about God coming among us, not as a lofty king, rather as a humble child born in a dark stable, in the home of a simple yet righteous family. This is the most profound testimony of revealing God’s love for all humans. In the fullness of time, chosen in the wisdom of God, the Son of God took for himself our common sinful humanity in order to restore us to the Creator. He came to transcend evil and restore righteousness, while conquering darkness and unleashing authentic hope in the goodness of human nature. And so, at the birth of our Lord the angels sing with joy: “Glory to God in the highest,” and they proclaim “Peace to all people on earth”.
It is our story still – Christ is born: let us glorify him with the angels and all creation. Christ comes down from heaven: let us go out to meet him. Christ our Lord is here in the flesh. He shares in the poverty of our flesh that we may share in the riches of his Godhead. In this Christmas season, let us give reverence to the nativity, which releases us from the chains of evil! Let us honor the little child of Bethlehem, who restores us to paradise; let us reverence the crib because from it we are fed with divine understanding, the Word of God!
We join with all our Episcopal families across the diocese, and by extension the global Christian community, to honor and reiterate the importance of family life. We are encouraged by this message to gather families and loved ones together to share the spirit of the Christmas season.
Also, as we use this time to share quality time with family and friends, let us be mindful of the neighbor at our door who may be unable to experience the joy of the season, simply because their condition in life deprives them of the same opportunity. Let us lend a helping to make Jesus part of their holiday experience, so that the light of the Christ child’s divine presence shines brightly for them.
A Blessed and Merry Christmas to all!
+Santosh & Lynn