• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 11:58

We're all invited to share the gift of the Incarnation this Christmas

 

Fr Henry Adler SVD close hs 150As I bring you this greeting for the upcoming Christmas season, I have just arrived back home from the blessing of our new SVD house in Myanmar.

In my comments of thanksgiving on that occasion, I was moved to reflect on the incarnational aspect of the birth of this new missionary endeavour.

While reflecting briefly on the initial negotiations with Cardinal Charles Bo two-and-a-half years ago, I referred to the mystery of the Incarnation, where, in the beginning was the Word, with the intention that the Word would become flesh. The Myanmar project too, started with words, but eventually became flesh.

And now that we have a team of SVD missionaries there in the flesh in Myanmar, serving the people in their need, the fruits of the Incarnation of Our Lord at Christmas continue to be born.

Jesus came to us that first Christmas as a little baby. He came to us as one of us – God-with-us.

When we acknowledge that, and allow God to dwell in us, we ourselves become Incarnational beings. We, who have met the baby in the manger and the crucified Saviour outside the empty tomb, and have accepted him into our hearts and lives, become incarnational for others. We are Christ-bearers. And, in so far as we share the love of Christ with others, especially the poor or the forgotten, the life-changing, world-changing power of the Incarnation continues to unfold.

This Christmas season, I pray that you and your family will receive the Incarnation into your lives and be that Incarnation for others.

I take this opportunity to thank you, the readers of In the Word, our friends and partners in mission, for all your support in 2018.

We cannot do the things we do or serve the people we serve without you.

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a restful summer holiday period.

Yours in the Word,

Fr Henry Adler

SVD Provincial