A transcript of the message:
I’m bringing you good news of great joy—born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. And suddenly there was with the angel a heavenly host praising God and singing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven. Peace to his people on earth.”*
What better place to celebrate this longing, this joy, than in the little town of Bethlehem. I love this in-between time of day—the glow of resplendent light that warms our hearts as we embrace our past, the richness of our traditions. This nostalgic aspect of the season, though, can also lull us into glossing over the realities around us, the needs of the most vulnerable. The birth of our Savior implores us also to act, to bring peace and hope to where it’s needed most. This season, we’re called to reach out in solidarity with those who are hungry, those who are economically fragile, those who struggle with addiction and mental illness—to hold tight the elderly, the sick, and the suffering. This season may we share this magnificent light, the light of Christ, with those who are the most vulnerable.
From my family to yours, may your Christmas be blessed.
*Luke 2:10-11, 13-14