Merry Christmas to everyone! We especially greet those of you who are guests, visiting with us. Unfortunately, because of the restrictions due to the pandemic, our availability is far less than normal. I hope that any inconvenience you experience will not keep you from visiting us again in the future. We all hope that by next Christmas, this struggle will be over.
Although Easter is the greater feast, because Easter is the victory that Jesus won for us over sin and death, we are probably more caught up in the celebration of Christmas. We love the stories of there being no room in the inn, of Jesus born in the stable, of the angels announcing the birth of the Messiah to the shepherds, the Star of Bethlehem, and the coming of the Magi. These capture our imagination and remind us of our childhood and special family get-togethers, special foods, and presents. As we know, even Scrooge’s hardened heart was warmed by Christmas.
In this very difficult time in which we live, when there is so much fear, anger, isolation, and sadness, we need the more sentimental and romantic aspects of Christmas more than ever. We need to be reminded that good triumphs over evil, that light is victorious over death, that love and peace on earth are not impossible dreams, but that with God’s grace, we can make things better.
And so, have a very Merry Christmas, and may God bless us, every one!
–Fr. Mike Comer