Dear parishioners,

“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us”

Christmas is upon us.  The celebration in which we remember the coming of the messiah into the world.  The messiah, or the anointed one was the long-awaited hope of Israel.  Yet, this Messiah, this infant that came into the world was greater than anyone could have imagined; he is Emmanuel, which means ‘God with us’.  God came into this world as a child, this fact, this revelation of God was un-imaginable for the Jews, and so it should be for our minds as well.  How can eternity be brought into time?  How can the All-Powerful One come as a vulnerable infant?  We can only receive this powerful, life changing truth with the gift of faith.

And from here we can draw a great lesson: we can never box God in or put limits on what He can do.  This openness to the Lord’s plans comes from our confidence; faith, hope and love in God.  God can and will do more than we imagine.  Yet this is not about having an ‘open mind’ in the modern sense of the words.  No, His surprises and wonders have purpose and meaning.  It comes from His being: God is love.  The love of God is good, true, and beautiful beyond understanding.  We must be ‘open’ to the plans of God, but always be ready for marvelous plans which our minds will never be able to fully understand.  Jesus does not ask for understanding, rather He asks for child-like confidence and openness.

This love will always draw us in with wonder, awe, thanksgiving, praise, and we in turn can give back love for love.  Let us get caught up then in the love of God.  By letting our mind and heart contemplate the mystery of Christmas — God coming to dwell among us — we can wonder at the incredible mercy of God.  This contemplation will be our preparation, the fuel of our longing for the return of Jesus, where we will marvel at the new things he will bring when he comes again. 


Blessed Christmas to you all,


Father Philip

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