Christmas Message

FrJohnykkuttyVery Rev. Fr. Johnykutty George Puleessery
Vicar, St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Forane Church

Season’s greetings from St Thomas Syro Malabar Forane Church Philadelphia.

It is Christmas once more! We commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ, the momentous event in history, which divided time into two distinct eras. Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, true man and true God, entered history to free us from darkness and to grant us eternal light.
In him was revealed the grace, the mercy, and the tender love of the Father. Jesus is Love incarnate. God’s precious gift for humanity is the gift of salvation. This is the season to come together in Christ in  joyous abundance.

The song of the heavenly host, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those on whom his favor rests.” (St. Luke 2:14) gently reminds us that the world is in dire need of the gift that heaven promised 2000 years back! Peace. Do we have real peace in our hearts? This is a point in history when we need to pray fervently for the peace in our homes and in the world. Christmas speaks to us about the immense generosity of a God who became man to save humanity. If our Christmas shrinks to decorating our Christmas trees and listening to carols in the privacy of our homes, then this great light which dispelled the darkness of the world loses its relevance. Christ­ as, should never lose its meaning. Everywhere in the world we see the alarming trend of omitting Christ and Christian symbols from Christmas cards and objects of the season. As we shop and spend and wrap and enjoy the Christmas season, let’s keep in mind the sacred truth: Jesus is the reason! If HE is absent, what then is Christmas?

I place on record our deep appreciation for the activities of this Ecumenical Council which builds bridges of friendship and goodwill and contributes much to the deepening of faith in this part of the world.

Wishing you the best in all endeavors,
Yours in Christ
Johnykutty Achen

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