Dearly Beloved in Christ,
“…I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11.”
These were the words proclaimed by the angels to the shepherds at the birth of Jesus. Today the whole world is gearing up for the celebration of Christmas. Illuminations, decorations, exchanging of gifts, carols, greetings, etc. are the important part of Christmas celebrations. Amid the present pandemic, within our limitations, we share the joy of Christmas. For us who are believers in Christ, this time of advent is also a time that we wait for the second coming of the Lord.
The birth of Jesus Christ was an event that brought good news to all people. The rich and the poor, black and white, the learned and the illiterate and to all those irrespective of their caste, race, religion, language, and sex, Jesus brought the good news of joy.
Jesus had a wide circle of friends. Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council, and Joseph of Arimathea were close to Jesus and were rich enough to conduct a Jewish customary burial for Jesus. Jesus’ criticism was not about being rich, but about the attitude of the rich toward the poor. In Luke 16: 19-31, the problem with the rich man was that he neglected the poor Lazarus who was covered with sores and had nothing to eat. Jesus found that the biggest obstacle for the rich young man who came to him in search of eternal life was his wealth
Jesus knew that the Father had entrusted him a special mission to those who are suffering, the infirm, the oppressed, the prisoners, and the disabled.
This he announced at the beginning of his ministry. In the Magnificat, the song of Mary which she sang when she came to know that she was to become the mother of the Messiah, it says that God has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted the humble; filled the hungry with good things but has sent away the rich empty. Jesus has embraced the ones who were alienated by the Jewish society such as the defenseless, poor, leaper, disabled, mentally unsound, and the women.
It is our Christian responsibility to accomplish the mission initiated by our Lord Jesus Christ. I wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.
Rev Shaji Jacob Thomas