May we wish you a very happy and holy Christmas!
In the recent Christmas newsletter, Fr Kevin Alban discussed the importance of Christmas:
"At Christmas, we are celebrating the beginning of our salvation as we recall the events of the Nativity of Our Lord. The very Son of God becomes a human being like ourselves. Mary conceives and carries in her womb the Second Person of the Trinity and gives him human flesh, blood, bone and identity. We can say that Jesus is truly one like us, except for his single-minded devotion to his Father’s will. Of course, the coming of God to our flesh has a purpose and this is expressed so well in the little prayer the priest says as he puts the wine and water into the chalice at Mass: 'By the mystery of this water and wine, may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.' So there is a two-way process: God becomes a human being so that we can have a share in his divine nature. This is a most remarkable statement for it means our humanity is lifted up to God to become part of God. But it is not only a pious wish – it has practical consequences."
"Becoming part of God, we take on the mind and vision of God for the world. We begin to look at the world and the people we meet with the eyes of God. We see this in the life of Jesus who never refused anyone help and was available to all. We too are called to act in the same way, even though we find it difficult and do not always manage it!"
Read the rest of the newsletter, here.