Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Christ is Born! Alleluia!
I would like to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas. This is the time when we come together to celebrate the birth of our loving and merciful Lord. It is a time to give thanks, to pray, to reflect, and to come together in the spirit of peace and love. Christ became one of us to redeem us and to show us the way to the Father.
Christmas is traditionally a time for coming together as a family. As we gather, let us pause for a moment and reflect on the example of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph in the manger of Bethlehem. Let us learn from them contentment, love, peace and joy.
The list of options can be long and I would like to emphasize on three:
- Let us open our heart for Him so that He can be born there. Thus, His presence helps us to expel all hatred, jealousy and evil thoughts.
- Let us be merciful like the Father. In this Holy Year of Mercy, let us learn to forgive and seek forgiveness.
- Let us see and seek Jesus in our brothers and sisters, especially the less fortunate and needy.
With my prayers and best wishes for a very Merry Christmas, I remain
Yours in Christ,
+A. Elias Zaidan
Bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon of Los Angeles
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