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Good news of great joy

Posted By December 25, 2012 | 2:00 am | Lead Story #1
St. George Christmas Pageant Angels

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

The angel of the Lord proclaimed to the shepherds, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11).  If we listen, as did the shepherds of old, we too will hear the great throng of the heavenly host praising God and singing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace to all who enjoy His favor.” (Luke 2:14)
How much we need to hear the good news of Christ’s birth once again!  We must grasp this sacred moment with all its beauty and cherish it as we live it in our lives.  This is true because most of us share deep concerns over the escalation of civil strife throughout the Mideast, the threat to religious freedom in our own nation, political divide and economic uncertainty, and much more. We have our personal sorrows as well.
At times the darkness seems overpowering.  Indeed, the angel’s words too often seem part of another time and place. But, today, his words bring light into whatever darkness we might experience.  To make a difference in our lives we must, in faith, move to embrace the great event of Bethlehem. The star, which arose over the City of David, will bring us hope as we come to believe that God has entered into our lives.  For from the manger, God’s infinite love for us goes forth into hearts that are sad, bringing healing and friendship and joy.
Christmas offers us the hope for which we long. God’s love given to us in the Christ Child brings us reassurance, renewal and courage.
This Christmas, as the Universal Church celebrates The Year of Faith, rejoice in God’s greatest gift to us, the birth of His only Son. Come to Mass and share in the Eucharist. Sing hymns of Christmas joy with the Church. Renew and strengthen the ties of family and friendship.  Don’t let Christmas pass without knowing the joy of the newborn infant we call Emmanuel – God-with-us – and realize that He has come to give us His peace.

Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to each of you!
With every prayerful best wish, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. McManus
Bishop of Worcester