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Dear parishioners and friends,
2020 has been an exceedingly difficult year for everyone, but the birth of Christ is a sign of the mercy of God and a promise of joy to the humankind, as it was announced to the shepherds by the angels. It is a message of mercy and hope for those who are in need, especially because of the pandemic. For those who have lost a beloved one, for those who have lost their jobs, for all those who have been sick, or have not enough food on the table, for those who have not money for rent or for their medical bills. It is a message of hope and mercy for all those who have been losing faith in these difficult times.
It is in this particular situation when God irrupts abruptly in our lives telling us: “Rejoice! Wipe your tears! Spare your doubts! There is hope, this is not the end of the story!
Let Jesus’ crib teach us some important lessons. We are called to be contemplative, like Mary. We are to choose to live a simpler life, like the crib-scene itself. We are to find Christ in the company of the poor, the migrants, and the “seekers” of our time. Like Saint Joseph, let us be “dreamers”, let us develop a new interior freedom to embrace the challenges the Spirit whispers into our hearts.
Be sure that all of you are in my prayers and thoughts, in this season and always, so all of us may contribute to a brighter 2021. My wish is that your hearts may know the joy of the presence of the Newborn and find that hope and mercy that we so desperately need.
On behalf of the Marists, the staff, the Parish Council, the Finance Council and all the volunteers I want to wish you a blessed and merry Christmas and a happy New Year!