Here we are already at Christmas, the most celebrated holiday throughout the world by us Christians, but also by believers of other religions and even by non-believers. For this Christmas celebration is marked by all kinds of emotions and impulses of tenderness with moments of reconciliation and peace.
During this Christmas season, such gestures of tenderness and fraternity include brothers and sisters who are reconciling, volunteers and organizations who are helping the poor and the most destitute, while others are visiting people who are discouraged or suffering from loneliness. We reach out to abandoned parents, the sick and neglected children. This Christmas season we give the best of ourselves!
Through such gestures of love and humble service a better world emerges different from other days often marked by suffering, disease, wars, famines, injustices, family problems, violence of all kinds; a world where evil and death are still too present. Every human being without exception shares a hope for a better world and tries desperately to make it happen but without success.
But we who have faith are not discouraged because we have this certainty that one day peace will prevail over evil and death thanks to God who sent us, more than 2000 years ago, his Son born among us in a stable in Bethlehem. It was the most beautiful gift that was made to us.
That is what we celebrate at Christmas. This is what makes us joyful and gives us hope. For with God near us, in our midst, everything is possible.
On that night in Bethlehem, a proclamation sounded: "Peace on Earth to all those who are loved by God.” And Jesus later added: "I have come that you may have life and have it in abundance"(Jn 10:10). This is what God gives us this Christmas. He invites us to create a world of brotherhood and peace, a better world, starting with our family, our loved ones and friends, and our colleagues.
On this Christmas Eve, let us unite with our brothers and sisters in faith who, throughout the world, celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, a feast where God is truly present with us, where God offers to accompany us throughout our lives.
It is now up to us to accept in our lives His invitation and make our world a better place with Him. I sincerely hope that in the course of 2022, all this can be achieved for each and every one of you.
May the Lord bless you and all those who are dear to you. AMEN
I leave you with this beautiful thought of a great doctor and Father of the Church, Saint Ambrose of Milan:
"He was small, he was a child, so that you could be a completed adult;
He is wrapped in diapers, so that you may be freed from the bonds of death;
He is in the manger, to place you on the altar;
He is on Earth, that you may be among the stars;
He had no place in this common room for you to have several dwellings in the Father's house. Amen
With my blessing
+ Daniel Jodoin, your bishop