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FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL
 

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2009

THE GOOD NEWS OF THE SAVIOR


December 25, 2009

“And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us”
(John 1:14a)

Oh what a great mystery, that God became man, born of woman. This was according to God’s plan and design. The unfolding of God’s plan involved not just God, but humans as well.

First, Mary said yes. What would have happened if Mary rejected the plan of God? But it was not just Mary. Joseph said yes as well. What would have happened if Joseph had exposed her supposed infidelity? Would Jesus the unborn have died in her womb if she was stoned, rather than dying on the cross?

Joseph and Mary were the first couple for Christ!

The mystery of God continues, in that He calls us to “give birth” to Jesus in the lives of others, through our work of evangelization and renewal. The good news of salvation in Jesus is to be proclaimed by human instruments. Just as God depended on Mary and Joseph, He also depends upon us. If we say our yes, then His plan for the world will continue to unfold.

What a great privilege that is! What a great responsibility that is!

Christmas is about the coming of the Savior. In the dark of night in the little town of Bethlehem, God’s great light shone. The stillness of the night was shattered by the multitude of the heavenly host praising God.

The shepherds were privileged to witness the blessed event. The angel had said to them: “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 Messiah and Lord.” (Lk 2:10b-11). When they saw the infant Jesus, “they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.” (Lk 2:17-18).

Jesus is an amazing message. Just like the shepherds, privileged to be with the Savior, we too must make Jesus known to others.

Christmas, the coming of our Savior into the world, is a time of great joy. We have already experienced this joy in our lives and in our families. We must continue to spread this joy around.

“How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings glad tidings,
announcing peace, bearing good news,
announcing salvation, and saying to Zion,
‘Your God is King!’
Hark! Your watchmen raise a cry,
together they should for joy, ....
All the ends of the earth will behold
the salvation of our God.”
(Isaiah 52:7-8a,10b)

May we all have a blessed and holy Christmas! May the world truly experience the peace and joy that can only come from knowing Jesus and the salvation that he brings.

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