Christmas Letter 2013


“Do not be afraid; for 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. (Lk. 2: 10-11).

Dear Friends,

It is with Christian joy that we proclaim the message of the angels to the shepherds of Bethlehem to our world, “today…a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.” (Lk. 2:11).   Christmas is once again upon us and it is truly a season of great hope.   For the message of Christmas is that the God who created us has a face, has a name, and has come to us to save us from the “shadows of the valley of death” (Lk. 1:78), his name is Jesus of Nazareth.     God therefore is not a stranger to us, he makes himself known, he comes to live with us and walk with us.   In fact the birth of Jesus Christ reminds us that not only has God taken the initiative to come to our rescue, but remains with us always.   This is a great source of consolation and joy for us.   Christ never abandons us; he never tires of being with us.   It is because of this that Christmas ought to be for all of us a season of celebration, prayer, and renewal of our faith.

The Year of Faith which we just ended before Advent was an opportunity for us to grow and rediscover the joy of being a Christian.   Now we are called to spread that joy to the whole world.   During this Christmas in particular, I encourage all of you to recover the great traditions of faith and devotions of Christmas and restore Christ to the center of this season.   I invite you to receive the Christ-child with the celebration of Mass, to pay tribute to his Holy Mother by the recitation of a family rosary, and to carry the Christmas celebration into the great Feast of the Epiphany as we celebrate the arrival of the Magi from the East.    Do not allow the commercialized and materialistic version of Christmas to eclipse the heart of our faith during this sacred time.   Instead make a place in your heart and your generosity for those who go hungry or lack shelter, for children who suffer abuse and violence or those who are sick, and for the elderly who feel abandoned and alone.   In being so generous the Lord will surely bless our efforts and reward our goodness.

During this year’s Christmas Masses I will be praying for all of you and your intentions asking the Lord to enliven your faith, bringing you closer to the Lord and his Church, and inspire you to greatness as you become disciples sharing the message of the Gospel with the world.  

May the Infant Child Jesus through the intercession of His Most Holy Mother, bring you the grace, joy and peace of the Sacred Season of Christmas!     Wishing you a Blessed Christmas, I am

Yours in the Lord Jesus,

Fr. Rodolfo D. Vásquez

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