THE SERVANT GENERAL
CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2015
JESUS THE SAVIOR IS BORN
It is Christmas day. Jesus the Savior is born in a manger.
In this simple sentence are three important aspects of Christian
life and mission, which three aspects are the basic components
of our CFC-FFL life and mission.
Jesus is the Savior. God sent His own Son into the world to
suffer and die for us, so that we might be saved and be reconciled
to Him. God wants all to be saved. For them to be saved, they
need to accept the salvation won for them by Jesus, by accepting
him in faith as Savior and Lord. For this to happen, the good
news of salvation in him needs to be proclaimed so that it
can be heard. This points to the all-important work of evangelization.
And to reach all, it must be massive, to the ends of the earth.
Christmas is about evangelization.
Jesus is born of a human family. God chose His Son to be born
of a woman, in the family of Joseph and Mary. Despite the
urgency of the Messiah’s work, Jesus remained in the
womb for 9 months and remained in the home for 30 years. In
the home Jesus was taught the scriptures by his parents, was
formed in godly values and virtues, experienced authentic
human love and care. All these were preparation for his public
ministry. This points to the great importance of family. The
family is the basic unit of society and of the Church. The
family is also the base camp for evangelizers. What happens
in families will determine to a large extent how people live
out their lives in the world. Thus we need to look to the
continuing renewal and strengthening of the family. Christmas
is about family renewal.
Jesus is born in a manger, poor and powerless. The Jews were
waiting for a powerful King who would deliver them from their
enemies. But God chose to cause His Son, indeed a King, to
be rejected at the inn and be born in a stable. Lowly shepherds
were his first visitors. Jesus remained poor throughout his
life, and at his death, was buried in a borrowed tomb. This
points to God’s love and preferential option for the
poor. In the cause of justice, the poor need to experience
spiritual as well as material liberation. Thus we need to
look to loving and serving the poor. Christmas is about building
the Church of the Poor.
Christmas, we celebrate and rejoice in the coming of Jesus.
And we remind ourselves why he cameto save us, to point
to the importance of family, and to express solidarity with
the poor. As such, this is our continuing workevangelization,
family renewal, and work with the poor.
Christmas to you all.