“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” (Luke 2:10-11). We have finished the Advent journey with a great desire of being the best prepared we can be for this very day. Today. we celebrate the great feast of Christmas. Today, we commemorate the great historical event which took place in the little town of Bethlehem of Judea; God becoming a human being, born of a virgin. For the first time in history, God reveals himself in the form of a baby. And that is the mystery of the Nativity of Jesus Christ. As we recall, we began Advent filled with hopes. We hoped for an increase of faith. We hoped that Christ’s peace would come upon our family and community. We hoped that our sins would be forgiven and that our adversities would be vanished. I am optimistic that with the arrival of Christmas, all of our Advent hopes are now a reality. It does not seem like it was long ago that I came to St. Patrick Parish. And yet, this is the second Christmas that I celebrate with you. It has been a great blessing working and celebrating faith with you. I hope we can celebrate many more Christmas’ together. Today, I would like to say thank you all for your dedication to St. Patrick Parish; and for your time, prayers and generosity to your parish. As we celebrate God’s love at Christmas, may we come to greater love and care for one another. Merry Christmas!
Rev. Johnson Lopez
Father Lopez is Pastor of Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Rochelle, IL.