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Christmas Greeting

Beloved in the God­child Christ broth­ers and sisters,

I wish you a most blessed feast of the Nativ­i­ty of our Lord Jesus Christ and I greet you with the most joy­ous greeting:

Peace of God! Christ is Born!

The sto­ry of Christ’s birth speaks to us about the mys­te­ri­ous ways of God. The Tri­une God acts in ways that we do not always expect! His ways are tru­ly won­der-filled. For cen­turies, the Ancient Israelites had expect­ed the Mes­si­ah. The prophets, espe­cial­ly Isa­iah and Jere­mi­ah, called the peo­ple to readi­ness and open­ness to God’s actions. Their mes­sage pro­vid­ed the peo­ple with indi­ca­tions about the com­ing Messiah.

Yet, when ‘the full­ness of time had come’ (Gal. 4:4), the Mes­si­ah did not arrive as a con­quer­ing hero in a gold­en char­i­ot with pomp and splen­dor. He was not robed in expen­sive cloth­ing. He did not appear in the cap­i­tal city. Throngs of ador­ing fol­low­ers did not accom­pa­ny him.

When the Mes­si­ah final­ly arrived, he came first as a baby. He was born to a young girl, Vir­gin Mary. The event occurred in the sim­ple vil­lage of Beth­le­hem. He was shel­tered in a place reserved for ani­mals because the inn was full. There, in such sim­ple cir­cum­stances, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth…” (Jn. 1: 14). This is the mys­te­ri­ous way of God’s revelation!

Through the Christ­mas sto­ry, Our Lord reveals that God acts in ways that we do not always expect. We can­not shape the mighty acts of God to our lim­it­ed under­stand­ing. The Tri­une God is greater than our lim­it­ed per­cep­tions of Him, yet He reveals Him­self through the incar­na­tion of the Sec­ond per­son of The  Holy Trin­i­ty  God-man Jesus Christ. He acts in mys­te­ri­ous and won­drous ways to draw us to Him and to one anoth­er in love.

I wish you a most blessed Christ­mas and Hap­py New 2020 Year!

With love in Christ,

Fr. Blasko Paraklis