More than 700 hundred years before the coming of the promised Messiah, the prophet Isaiah foretold an event that would change the world: "For unto us a child is born"(Is. 9: 6). Since that time the messengers of faith in the Incarnation have changed both men and the ages in which they live. Yet in our day we are about to forget His presence!
And in fact, the birth of the Son of God marked the beginning of a completely new period of time: Since His birth, the history of man has been split into two parts: the time with Christ and the time without Him. Upon His coming into the world "the goodness and kindness of God our Saviour has appeared" (Tit.3:4). He has taught us kindness, compassion, gentleness, sympathy and brought grace to men and changed life for individuals as well as for entire societies. Most human achievements on a social and scientific level were due to the Christian spirit and the fruit of faith, hope and charity.
Our times forget about Christ
In our time Christ is forgotten. For us is reserved the sad privilege of forgetting about the presence of Christ in the world and of even openly rebelling against Him. Many have lost the faith. They celebrate (happy holidays) and enjoy themselves without any religious dimension to their festivities. Either they do not care anymore about the message of Christmas or they are ignorant of the great event that changed history.
Unto us a child is born
Let us prepare a special place for Him:
- Let us take more time for our prayers; let us be present at all the Christmas ceremonies and meditate upon the mystery of Christmas before the crib.
- In all our decisions let us take into account that He is a central part of our life: "whose truth instructed the ignorant, whose sanctity justified the impious, whose virtues strengthened the weak." (Advent Preface)
- And in all our actions let us strive to follow His example
I would like to thank you for your continuous support which enables us to spread "the good tidings of great joy that shall be to all the people" May it find its way back into the hearts of individuals as well as into our modern society.
With my blessing for you and yours,
Father Daniel Couture