It is 25th December 2019. We celebrate the Christmas Day – The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The readings are from Isaiah 62:11-12; the second reading is from Titus 3:4-7; and the Gospel from Luke 2:15-20. His holiness Pope Francis in his Christmas messages encourages all to trust in God’s continual love. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). Jesus is the supreme expression of God’s love in a tangible way. A new born baby Jesus is waiting for us all humbly and most vulnerably yet gloriously as God to embrace, express and ease all our pain, tension, stress, worries, fears and all that troubles us as we celebrate His birth as a human person on earth. It is the day we have been waiting for to shine the light of Christmas that radiates in the poor mangers of humanity. Jesus is so tiny in stature yet titanic in might and power more than willing to forgive and surplus in love. Pope Francis instils in us on this Christmas day, “The grace of God revealed in the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem is divine love, the love that changes lives, renews history, liberates from evil, fills hearts with peace and joy. God continues to love us all, even the worst of us. God does not love you because you think and act the right way. He loves you, plain and simple. You may have made a complete mess of things, but the Lord continues to love you. Today is the right day to draw near to the tabernacle, the creche, the manger, and to say thank you. It is the best way to change the world: we change, the church changes, history changes, once we stop trying to change others but try to change ourselves and to make of our life a gift. He did not wait until we were good before he loved us but gave himself freely to us. May we not wait for our neighbours to be good before we do good to them, for the church to be perfect before we love her, for others to respect us before we serve them.” Amazingly incredible events of the Christmas need to sink into our being and so as to inject hope and peace to all people. We do not need a condition or prerequisite to do good. Our goodness is the proof of doing good. We will end up not doing good if we expect others to match the goodness we cognize in our minds. However empty, poor, sinful we can be at this point of time in our life, yet God has placed His Only Son Jesus in our arms as a gift. Today is the day to experience the gift of all gifts is Jesus. Let us not keep Him for ourselves. It is indeed time to share the gift from the manger to share Him with others. The first reading convinces us to believe that the Saviour is born for us. The responsorial Psalm praises, “A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.” (Ps.97:6). St. Paul goes further in the second reading to remind us that God loves us and forgives us all through the birth of Jesus. We are invited to meditate the incarnation of Jesus on earth and render our thanks to the Lord by our humble worship and soul-stirring charitable works. Wising you all a happy and Christ-filled Christmas. Enjoy the rest of the day in joy and jolly. May the New Born Babe Jesus bless you all.

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