«But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord."»
Luke tells the birth of Christ presenting it as a “good news” and a “great joy”. In the hazy midst of sufferings and disappointments, in the darkness of loss and pain, may these days bring joy to those who fear God and may for all be a good period of search for Christ.
Apart from all the traditions of these festivities, I pray that the Lord Jesus may continue to enlighten the darkness of this world. May his light shine in your heart and lead you through His word along the paths of righteousness, making you a frank witness filled with Holy Spirit.
Together we announce that the Kingdom of God got closer to men through Jesus. May many people discover the goodness of the action of God in favour of humankind. He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he remain indifferent to our suffering?
Our limited mind divides us all between Christmas trees and nativities, decorations and cakes, in favour or against, while the beginning of a new year approaches. Let us be aware that we do not have much time to announce this great joy.
Intermittent lights break the deep darkness that is inside and outside the homes and give a point of reference. What takes places every year along the streets and homes in the Christmas “magic” atmosphere, it is simply the reflection of what every human being carries in his/her own heart. More or less every one fears the coming of darkness, the fading away of life or simply the light that suddenly vanishes.
There it is why some people light up the Christmas lights as in an attempt of turning evil out, while other people rely upon the light that came from Heaven, which is source of hope and of salvation. He /She who walked in the darkness, facing the giants of sickness or of any generic pain, the monsters of unemployment and famine, the ghosts of loneliness and bitterness, now that is out, feels the need of leaving everything behind.
Therefore, the lights become symbols of rebirth, because there is no person that does not desire to rise up again.
Celebrating means starting again. With Christ even more. There is also who is still going through the valley of darkness and does not know when nor if it is going to end. For him/her, the lights around become a loving encouragement not to give up, because there is not night which does not pass away and there is not darkness that does not fade away.