Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Message of Christmas

+ So WHY do we do all of this for Christmas?+
- Why do we remember this event in history from so long ago in such a huge and glorious way?
- Why spend all that time with the decorations, baking, and trying to find that special gift for a loved one?
- Why do those who do not regularly attend Church suddenly feel drawn to Mass on this day?

Do we ever just STOP, REFLECT, PONDER, and PRAY about what we are doing and why we do it this time of year? Or are we just going through the motions because that's what the world around us is doing?

Well this year, our beloved Bishop Rhoades has given us an early Christmas present with a message of what Christmas is truly about. It is a strong reminder that challenges anyone who reads it to truly reflect upon the truth of Christ our Savior. Please read it, ponder it, pray about it, and then live it!

The Most Rev. Kevin C. Rhoades
Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg:

"When we reflect on the world in which we live, we see much suffering, anguish and even despair. We see injustice, poverty and violence. We are now experiencing a time of economic distress. But even in times of prosperity, there is an emptiness and void in peoples' lives when God is rejected or ignored. What does this state of the world tell us? It tells us that humanity still needs a savior."

"The infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger brought and still brings a light of hope to all who are open and humble enough to receive him. Mary, Joseph and the shepherds welcomed our Lord with faith, humility and love. Truly poor in spirit, they gazed upon the holy child in the manger and they adored him. He was their hope and he is our hope."

My prayer for you is that you enjoy a most blessed Christmas!
God bless all of you and your families.

(The quote from Bishop Rhoades appeared at on 12/24/08.)

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