Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Christmas Message of the Archbishop of Sydney, Australia, Jesus "is happiness and hope for every human heart and His smile is for you." FULL TEXT + Video



It's been a year like no other;  a year of anxieties a year of isolation. We've missed each other's faces, touch, proximity. In dark times celebrating Christmas can seem out of place but it was never easy. At the first
   
 Christmas a young woman was forced to give birth in a stable and her baby put in a feeding trough. Then the family fled for their lives.  In such dark times Christ's first coming was experienced as light. Amid such danger He was named Jesus or God saves. In isolation they called him Emmanuel, God with us. Many just want to put this year behind them, but we mustn't block out the questions it has posed about what matters most to us or the lessons we've learnt about human vulnerability and interconnectedness.  This Christmas let's take a few moments to reflect upon what we've learnt through the year of Covid. Thanks be to God, for our leaders frontline workers and neighbours. We were kept safe; the cooperation is a tribute to how much we value life and especially the elderly. This Christmas let's give thanks that we were spared the worst of the pandemic and pray for those less fortunate. How will we be different when it's all over,  but we will spend more time with our loved ones treasure our work colleagues school mates and neighbours going forward be there for each other. This Christmas let's commit ourselves to being a force for bringing people together and eliminating all but necessary distancing. Amidst our hardships the babe of Bethlehem reaches out from his crib. He is happiness and hope for every human heart and His smile is for you.
 (Text from the Youtube transcript)

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