• 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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Tuesday, 22 December 2020 16:55

Come, let us adore Him

 

Fr Asaeli Raass profile pic 150Dear Friends,

As I write this message, Sydney has been placed into another ‘COVID lockdown’. The timing, just days out from Christmas has been a blow for many as interstate family Christmas celebrations have to be cancelled and many people face the prospect of celebrating alone.

Despite these challenges, it is my humble prayer that the celebration of Christmas lifts our hearts above present trials and difficulties as we recall the angelic proclamation: “To you is born this day in the city of David, a Saviour, who is Christ, the Lord.”

These words cannot leave us indifferent. No matter what the future holds. HE IS ALREADY HERE, inviting us to “Come, let us adore Him”. Jesus, the Incarnate Word, offers everything good, true and beautiful.

Over this Christmas season, we will celebrate and welcome the Prince of Peace, who came as a baby in a manger 2000 years ago. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us”. It is a mind-blowing reality.

But as well as the baby in the manger, let us this Christmas welcome Jesus who is already here with us. Jesus present in our spouse, our children, our family, our friends, the person on the bus next to us, the homeless person in the street, the person with whom I disagree – all made in the image of God who is with us.

Perhaps this Christmas with its disrupted travel plans and cancelled arrangements, you might notice a neighbour who is lonely, whose family could not make it to be with them. Perhaps you have an extra place at your Christmas table or you could take them some Christmas pudding and have a cup of tea.

The COVID-19 crisis has shown us more than ever that we need one another. We are not built for isolation. It has highlighted our vulnerability, but also shown us to be adaptable and innovative. We have been taught many lessons about ourselves that we can carry forward with us.

On behalf of the SVD AUS Province, I thank you for your friendship and support of the Divine Word Missionaries in 2020.

May this Christmas, however it is spent, bring you and your family joy and peace. The peace for which our hearts are longing. The peace which is found in the Word who became flesh and dwells among us.

Yours in the Word,

Fr Asaeli Rass SVD

Provincial.