Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
Christmas is a time to look back to the day, 2012 years ago when heaven came down to earth in the person of Jesus so that all of us could go back to heaven with Him. Christmas is a time we look forward to the day when the promise of Christmas will be fulfilled, when shattered dreams and unfulfilled expectations will be erased, and when peace, joy and love will replace war, hatred, racism and despair.
In the meantime, inspired by the Holy Spirit, we reach out to others in imitation of Jesus. We participated in the “Giving Tree” and the “Food Drive” to help needy families in our community. Jesus gave Himself to us and He asks that we give ourselves to others. It is what St. Nicholas and many other saints have done throughout the ages, and what we at OLSS try to do every year.
We prepared by having three days of revival, so that we would be spiritually ready for Christ’s birth. And then, we gather this week as one big church family to celebrate the birth of our Brother and Lord, Jesus, the greatest Gift our Father has ever given us, the Gift that He continues to give us in the Eucharist and through the power of the Holy Spirit.
I am proud to celebrate Christmas for the first time as the pastor of this great, wonderful, historic and spirit filled community, a community that strives to be Christ like and the star of the city. OLSS is a faith-filled community that is steeped with strong traditions, rich history and enduring faith.
I want to use this opportunity to thank everyone for your Stewardship of Time, Talent, and Treasure. May the Good Lord bless you for all you are doing to keep the doors of OLSS opened.
Let us thank God for all the blessings He has sent us in Christ throughout 2012 and let us pray for God’s peace, blessings, health and happiness throughout 2013.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Rev. Anthony Ataamine Anala, SVD