It is 23rd December 2015. The readings are from Mal.3:1-4, 23-24 and the gospel from Lk.1:57-66. The first reading advocates that the Lord will send a messenger to prepare things before His arrival. The messenger is like a refiner’s fire and washer man’s soap. He will purify people and restore the traditions. We are invited today to be the messenger in our neighbourhoods and in our small Christian communities. The responsorial Psalm praises, “Stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.” (Ps.24:28). The Gospel presents the birth of John the Baptist. John is the herald of the Lord. Pope Francis repeatedly called Christmas as ‘the feast of poverty.’ It is not only a time to welcome the Lord in our mangers but also to accommodate the poor in our dwelling places. During this Christmas, let us put our minds and hearts together to establish a new connection with the poor and bring an extra smile in the face of someone who is less fortunate than us. We are the existential messages of Joy and Peace and sharing. We too are the messengers of hope, joy and peace of Christmas. Let no one go hungry during this Christmas in the neighbourhood we live. Our communities, our families and our worshiping places and our hearts are the mangers, we need to encounter the Christ. Christmas is the time to meet and greet the street. Never greet someone on Christmas day a happy holiday rather greet as someone who has experienced and believe in Jesus. May God help us to be the messengers wherever we are in a humble way.

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