Bishops message for Christmas 2013

My dear Friends,

Christmas is here again!  Before the dawn of the New Year 2014, Christmas is here with blessings galore from the Babe of Bethlehem, Jesus Christ, our Lord. “Glory to God in the highest, and Peace to all persons of goodwill.”  I wish every one of you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.  Along with the feast of Christmas, we have the showers of heavenly blessings - of Love, Peace and Joy.  


We are all God’s children, and therefore precious and priceless.  Hence we belong to one single family, without barriers of caste or creed, colour or race, nations or states... But unfortunately what we see in our society today is : might is right, greed is need, and wealth defines one’s identity. The poor are a curse: useless and worthless for the rich and the mighty.


If we stand before the crib with folded hands, no matter who we are and what we own, and if the Infant in the crib opens his eyes, what would He see in us? Our race? Our face? Our colour? Our clothes? Our beauty? Our Might? I am sure He will see the two little fingers of our folded hands which would receive His blessing saying, "You little finger, you are the door to your heart. I enter in to bless you and  remain with you."  Let our folded hands welcome Him into our hearts with humility and simplicity.


In a disintegrated world of selfishness and greed, the Christmas gifts of Love, Peace and Joy are a soothing balm. We need to remember that hatred begets hatred, and one who rules by the sword, dies by the sword.  There is no way to peace except through good will and benevolence. Peace springs from a clean and sinless heart. There is no better language than the language of love. God is Love. That is why Jesus Christ entered our human history, became one like us, and one with us, and gave us the greatest commandment: “Love one another as I have loved you.” (John 13:34)  And, therefore, the message of Christmas is loud and clear to all who hear: Love, Peace and Joy.


Let us look into the crib of Christ and marvel at the glitter in those eyes.  Let us celebrate Christmas the way the simple shepherds and the Wise Men from the east celebrated it. They returned with hearts full of love, peace and joy. Let us, as God’s children, promote Peace and Harmony in our society. Let the sunshine of happiness flow from our hearts because in them is the abode of God. Let us become His living temples, and brothers and sisters to each other.  May Jesus, the Babe of Bethlehem, grant us His Love, Peace and Joy at Christmas and throughout the New Year.

Merry Christmas and a blessings-filled New Year to you!


+Most Rev. Dr Gerald I Lobo


 Bishop of Udupi.

News published on: 2013-12-24