“Today in the town of David a saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Lk 2:11)  This is the news of great joy that we are called to share with all of humanity.  This is what Christmas is all about, the birth of Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  We are not simply commemorating the birth of any great man on earth.  We are celebrating the incarnation of God.  That God could assume our humanity in Jesus is unimaginable.  What is equally significant is that He was born in a manger, not in a palace!  

He is truly the Immanuel; the Lord who is with us.   He knows our pains and our sorrows.  He knows our sicknesses and our struggles.   He carries our infirmities in His body. (cf Mt 8:17)  He has come to bring us peace by reconciling man with God and man with each other.  This peace is given to us through the forgiveness of our sins by His total self-emptying at the incarnation and at His death on the cross.   Upon His resurrection, He bestowed His Spirit of sonship and daughtership upon all who accepted Him.  “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”  (John 1:12f)

So today, let us rejoice in faith, hope and love.  Let us bring the message of joy not just by our words but by our lives.  Let us announce the Christ in us.  “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”  (Col 1:27)  We do this by being people of joy and hope. We live a life of goodwill and peace.  This is what Paul wrote to Titus, “For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of all men, training us to renounce irreligion and worldly passions, and to live sober, upright, and godly lives in this world, awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all iniquity and to purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.”  (Titus 2:11-14)  

So at Christmas, let us be like Christ, reconciling with our loved ones by forgiving them, sharing our gifts with them and those who are without the good things of this earth, comforting the sick and making time for the lonely, especially the elderly and those who are abandoned.   Let us not just rejoice with our loved ones and friends whilst forgetting those who live in the shadow of death.  Let us share with them the joy and hope of Christ in us by reaching out to them.  Let us help those who live in darkness and are forlorn to find Christ in their midst and in their hearts so that they know that Christ is truly their Lord and Saviour, the Prince of Peace.  

Have a blessed and Holy Christmas!

Archbishop William Goh

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