Please find attached the Christmas Message from our President.
Wishing you all a peaceful and blessed Christmas and may you work be guided by the Lord.
2019 Christmas message
Dear Friends, on this third Sunday of Advent, traditionally known in the Catholic Church as Gaudete or Rejoice Sunday, I join you and the Church to Rejoice.
Rejoice not only because of the expectation of Christmas, a time when the incarnation of our Lord Jesus, the second person of the Trinity is commemorated but rejoice because we have seen or almost seen the end of another year and we still have life, thank God. 2019 must have been several things for many people, some joyful, some sad, some gains, some losses, some receiving favors from God, others still carrying burdens of all sorts.
Whatever the situation we found ourselves in during the year, Isaiah 35 in the first reading of today gives us hope saying that “the wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the lily it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing”. The second reading of this Gaudete Sunday, the letter of St James 5, encourages those still waiting with expectation for the goodness of the Lord “to be patient like the famer who waits for the precious fruits of the earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain.” In the Gospel of Matthew 11, Jesus told the messengers of John the Baptist who were seeking to find out if He is the Messiah, to go tell John what they have seen – “the Man with answers to all the problems faced by men.”
It is this Man, Jesus who is bigger than all the problems faced by men, that we shall be receiving or welcoming into our hearts again this Christmas and for that reason let us rejoice. Before then however, let us first pray with St Maria Faustina of “Divine Mercy” fame that “we be completely transformed into His mercy and be His living reflection” in the way we do charity to all who may need our help especially in this Christmas season. Let us do all that we can to welcome Him anew into our hearts through those in need, whatever our circumstance is.
Merry Christmas and may 2020 be a faith filled and prosperous year for you and your families.
(PRESIDENT UNUM OMNES)