Archbishop Wuerl’s Christmas Message

December 22, 2009

Enjoy Archbishop Wuerl’s Christmas message.

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Christmas celebrates the most remarkable moment in human history. Two thousand years ago in Bethlehem of Judea, heaven and earth met. On the first Christmas day God came among us in the person of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us. Nothing in human experience is more exciting and defining than this truth and no one has so changed history as has the infant son of Mary who is also the Son of God.

Sometimes the profoundly spiritual meaning of Christmas can be obscured by our own excitement in anticipation of its celebration and all of the shopping and festivities that mark the season. All the more can the true meaning of Christmas be overwhelmed by the day-in and day-out proclamation of a secular and material gospel that sees no presence of God with us and does not experience God’s loving care.

We, God’s people, possess a great and abiding truth. In Jesus Christ, heaven truly does meet earth. God’s Son comes among us to teach us the truth about God and ourselves. Jesus comes to be with us in all our difficulties and in all the trials, joys and sorrows of daily life.

This Christmas, as you and I make our way to the crèche, the manger, the Nativity scene, when you and I make our way to the celebration of Eucharist and communion, we are mindful that God has already given us the greatest gift, his Son Jesus.

Let us offer our gifts of faith, of hope and of love.

This Christmas as we remember and celebrate the story of Jesus’ birth and the beginning of our redemption, may we do so with a fresh spirit of confidence and commitment.

May Christmas be a time of renewed faith, joy and peace and a time when in our own lives heaven truly does meet earth.

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