CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM BISHOP HUNDT

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM BISHOP HUNDT

Dear Catholic People of the Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador,

In the first reading of the Christmas Mass we hear proclaimed the prophecy of Isaiah:

                                The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
                                those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light
                                has shone. (Is 9:2)

 This prophecy was fulfilled with the birth of Jesus, the Christ, and hopefully, it is “fulfilled” in the hearts of each one of us, both in our celebrating of the Lord’s birth, and in our daily living of the Good News of the Incarnation of Our Lord.

The people who walked in darkness…: It is so easy for us to be trapped in the darkness of anxiety, fear, loss, bad news, depression, a sense of hopelessness.

have seen a great light;: The great light of God’s personal love and care for each one of us will drive out all that darkness IF we will open our hearts and souls to it!

…those who lived in a land of deep darkness…: Not only do we live in an area where at this time of year there are many hours of darkness, but also we live in a time when through the media we are continually bombarded with news of all the moral, political, social and financial “darknesses” that are around us.

 …on them light has shone.  Yet our belief in a resurrected Christ “enlightens” us to the fact that this darkness can and has been overcome, both by Jesus eternally and universally in his incarnational life, death and resurrection, and by his followers, individually and consistently, in their personal and ongoing efforts to be sacraments of His Presence, carrying and sharing the “light” of His healing, conquering, self-giving love with our world, especially with those people, and in those situations, where darkness is most evident and in need of life-giving spiritual “light”, joy and peace.

                                The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
                                those who lived in a land of deep darkness- on them light
                                has shone. (Is 9:2)

 Praying that the great light of this holy season may shine upon you, and through you, today and always,

Yours in Christ,

(Most Reverend) Peter Hundt
Bishop of Corner Brook and Labrador