In its very essence, Christmas is a family affair. At Christmastime, we gather together to celebrate God becoming part of the human family. In the fullness of time, the Eternal, the Almighty, the Creator of all, humbled Himself and joined our human family, never to be parted from us.
His reason for doing so is simple: He loves us. He wants to be with us always. From that first Christmas to this day, Christ Jesus has been among us. He came to us first in the manger, and He comes to us today in the Mass, in His Word and in the Eucharist.
Through the blessing of the Incarnation, the love and support of our earthly family extends beyond Christmas day, permeating every day of our life. So, too, does Christ’s love for us. His love is constant, unconditional, eternal.
This Christmas, I encourage you to share the love of Christ that you have received with other members of our common human family. Be alert and vigilant, and God will show you where His love is needed most. You will find that as you give love away, that original gift of love from God is magnified.
May Christ’s love multiply in your heart and home, and then radiate to all the world. And may your family know Christ’s presence and peace at Christmas and throughout the coming Year.
-Archbishop Dennis Schnurr, Archdiocese of Cincinnati
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
“Give all your worries to Him, because He cares for you. “