Merry Christmas - Hope Alive
by Deacon Thomas Frankenfield
Hope Has Come
A Child is born! The Savior is here among us! My brothers and sisters-Merry Christmas!
Together our Catholic Christian community has journeyed through another Advent of waiting. Now the time is here for the Christ Child to wash away our troubles and to set us free. What is the state of the world that this Christ Child enters? It is a world dealing with unshakable wars; unrelenting suffering; relentless hatred, unprecedented loneliness and most sadly by religious and ethnic conflict. In the Western world, where God has blessed people with abundance beyond anything in the history of humankind, what do we see crime in every sector, most sadly in the school; drugs and alcohol ruin lives, families and societies and the bearers of light-churches, even fight corruption; disillusionment and most sadly, the unspeakable violation of our children.
Yes, the Christ Child comes to a darkened world! The Christ Child is here with HOPE!
So, in the midst of this brokenness we ask, "Where is our hope today?" Is it wrapped up in a present under a tree? Has it vanished into the pain and suffering that surrounds your life? As we have chatted about and discussed on this wonderful website over the years. Jesus, the Savior is our hope-today in the Christ Child and always to those who receive Him!
The Christ Child Delivers Hope
Yet, the Christ Child exists in the face of hopelessness. One day, in heaven we will have no need of hope. Today, the Christ Child offers a taste. We are full of wonder on this day hope comes to accomplish in our lives what man cannot
The Christ Child Offers Wonder! Christmas is full of wonder. We not only experience but we expect miracles from out Messiah. Our hope distinguishes itself from the empty hope in the world. Our hope is beyond our understanding. Our hope is alive. Each of us knows what hope means in our own lives.
The Christ Child Offers Peace! Although we pray for the absence of conflict and war in our world, we know that real peace is usually a tranquility that we need to experience in our personal lives. We pray that…
The Christ Child will bring healing and health to our fragmented lives
The Christ Child will bring the assurance of a future especially for the economically deprived
The Christ Child will restore lives through the courage to give and receive personal forgiveness.
The Christ Child that brings kind words for all we meet.
Our Hope is Alive
My hope for you and your families this Christmas is, the grace to rediscover your deeply rooted Hope that are being severely tested in our damaged world. For many of us that live with pain and suffering, the daily stresses like fear, confusion and heartache are the heartbeats of our lives, because disease steals our hope. For many, this seems to be inflated in this season of hope, love, joy and peace. The Christ Child calls us forth…
Become that hope for others! Reach out to others these special days of Christmas and in the future. Be the hands and heart of the Christ Child to others. Let go of your trouble and allow the Christmas star to shine in your hearts.
It is time for us to go forth in our own ways to be the light for the poor, to work for justice; to bring the Glory of God to our fellow Catholics and Christian by being more active in the Christian community.
My fellow sufferers; the Christ Child will use all creation, including us in pain and suffering, to bring glory to His name.
Merry Christmas! The long-awaited Christ Child is finally in our midst!
For Your Reflection
From a Ministry Perspective:
- In what area of your ministry do you work through pain and suffering to become "hope for others"? Reflect on your own words and look at your actions.
- How will the arrival of the Christ Child change your life? During this Christmas season, please find time to pray for everyone, including those God entrusts to you via ministry.
From a Family Perspective:
- In my Domestic Church, as parent, sibling, widow or single, do you work through pain and suffering to become "hope for others"? Reflect on your words and look at your actions.
- How will the arrival of the Christ Child change your life? During this Christmas season, please find time to pray for those God entrusts to you via your Domestic Church?
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