My dear Christian friends and people of God, very soon we will be celebrating Advent and then Christmas – a joyous occasion and a time to make merry – but more importantly a period to commemorate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The season of Christmas presents us with the opportunity to reflect on the birth of Jesus who is the Lord and Saviour of the world and its significance and implication for our lives as Christians.
At Christmas we affirm that God came down into this world in a human form to atone for the sins of humanity and to reconcile us to God. So at the heart of Christmas is the celebration of God’s redemption, Mercy and Grace.
Today, many people celebrate Christmas for a number of reasons: whilst some have commercialized it to sell their wares, others have turned it into a social event focusing more on merry making – making the occassion to lose its significance for a lot of people.
But there is always good news at Christmas – the assurance that Jesus Christ is ready to come to anyone who is prepared to receive him.
My dear friends, whoever you are, wherever you are and whatever be your challenge, Jesus is ready to come to you – to change your situation and to turn your situation around for the better.
There is also a message that Christmas brings to us – the message of peace – peace on earth and goodwill among people. Christ brings peace between God and humanity and peace among neighbours. We should therefore be at peace with God, ourselves and our fellow human beings this christmas. During this festive season, we should pursue the course of peace, reconciliation and goodwill among all people.
Again, at Christmas God gave humanity the gift of Jesus as an example for us to follow. So, this Christmas, let us give out gifts, but we should go beyond the normal giving and exchange of gifts among friends and family members and give to all people, especially, the less privileged.
But the best gift we can give at this season is love. We need to reach out to every person we meet with the love of God – show them the love of God – demonstrate it in practical terms.
My prayer for all of us as we celebrate this year’s Christmas is not just to go through the emotions and the fanfare of the celebration but find time to reflect on the birth of Jesus and go out of our comfort zones into the world and proclaim the love of God to all people.
Let us all make this our supreme endeavour as we celebrate this Christmas.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
May God bless us all.