A Note from the Pastor – Dec. 23

Fr. Ricardo Chinchilla, CJM

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

The Angel coming from heaven revealed the coordinates to find the savior on Christmas; he said: “This is the sign for you; you will find a child wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”

A child? A child savior? How strange; in our society, every person strives for power if they wish to make a difference, and some influential people love feeling almighty.

On the other side, the God of the universe reveals salvation in the simple, peaceful scene of a manger, unassuming and needing help. Yet, he is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15).

His love and mercy will push him to heal the leper, cure the blind, and will never fight for power but will empower the lonely and weak restoring dignity.

Our titles don’t save us because our best decisions flow out of love from the depths of our hearts; joy is not an outer coat but a well-nurtured heart with smiles and caring details; no throne will give us wisdom, but when our hearts resemble a manger, our simplicity transpires the divine.

Our “manger” lies within ourselves where only God can shed divine light and bless our ways. So be merry, dance, and surprise others with smiles, just like a baby Jesus smiling on the manger.

Blessed Christmas to all.