“Behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people,
For today in the city of David
a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.”
Once again this Christmas of 2013 we share our simple gifts with others in humble gratitude for the greatest gift, Jesus, and the realization that we are loved unconditionally.
Interesting, isn’t it, that we don’t just celebrate this one Christmas, but all of our Christmases. Memories flow freely of the innocent delights of our childhood to the rich memories of family celebrations and the events and people that have shaped the tapestry of our lives.
This year has been filled with surprises of the Spirit. We have experienced an historic transition in leadership of the Church and, for the first time, have both a Pope and a Pope Emeritus.
It appears that the surprises of the Spirit are still coming as the joyful witness and humility of Our Holy Father Pope Francis may well portend a New Pentecost. He has proclaimed by word and witness the joys of the Gospel and refocused the world’s attention on the plight of the impoverished and marginalized.
On a personal note, my call to pastor the Church of Dallas has not only shown me the deep faith and generous hearts of the Catholics whom I serve, but also the caring community in which we live. I am privileged to be among you.
My prayer is for a blessed Christmas for you and your loved ones and a very Happy New Year
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