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Christmas Message 2020 / Mensaje de Navidad 2020

Posted on December 13, 2020

Christmas Message 2020 / Mensaje de Navidad 2020

Diocese of Norwich
Office of the Bishop
201 Broadway
Norwich, Connecticut  06360
(860) 887-9294

 

Christmas Message 2020

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
Upon those who lived in a land of gloom a light has shone."
(Isaiah 9:1)

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

These words of the prophet Isaiah, taken from the first reading proclaimed at the Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, seem particularly poignant for us this year. As we celebrate Christmas and draw near to the end of this calendar year, I think that many of us feel that this has indeed been a year dominated by darkness and gloom. This year has certainly been a difficult one: from the ongoing pandemic that has changed our lives in so many ways and sadly has taken the lives of family members and friends throughout the world, to the devastation wrought by numerous wildfires, hurricanes and natural disasters, continued racial division, as well as what has been one of the most bitterly contentious election cycles in the history of our nation. Chaos and darkness are all around us. It has become increasingly clear, therefore, that our world needs the light of the Lord Jesus now more than ever.

In commemorating His birth at Christmas, it is important we remember that we celebrate something far more profound than simply the Lord’s “birthday.” What we celebrate is the ultimate triumph of light over darkness. As Saint John writes, referring to the Lord, in the prologue to his account of the Gospel, “…the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:5) While the world was yet still in darkness, a great light broke forth on the first Christmas night: the unchanging truth of God’s abundant love for His people - a love so pure that it took flesh in the person of Jesus, born in the manger at Bethlehem; a love so deep that it enabled the Lord to endure the agony of His passion and death on the cross; a love so powerful that it would destroy even sin and death itself in the glory of His resurrection, affording each of us the opportunity to share in the eternal joy of Heaven.

While our gatherings and Christmas celebrations will indeed be different this year, it is vitally important that we remember this central truth: nothing and no one can change the fact that God has sent His Divine Son into the world and that He suffered, died and rose again for our redemption. The same risen Lord Jesus likewise continues to be present through His body, the Church, as the true light which can dispel the darkness and gloom present in our own lives as well as in the world around us. As individual members of His Church, the Lord is now calling each of us, in the midst of our present challenges and difficulties, to allow His light to shine brightly through the witness of our lives, that, as His instruments, we may bring much needed love, hope, and peace to our families, communities and world, here and now.

And so, in this season of light and hope, let us give thanks to God for the tremendous gift He has given to the world in the person of Jesus and spend some time in prayer, asking how He is calling us to reflect and radiate the light of His love to others.

May you, your families and loved ones have a truly merry Christmas and a New Year filled God’s blessings!

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Bishop of Norwich

Diocese of Norwich
Office of the Bishop
201 Broadway
Norwich, Connecticut  06360
(860) 887-9294

Mensaje de Navidad 2020

“El pueblo que caminó en la oscuridad ha visto una luz grande;
Sobre aquellos que vivían en la tierra de tinieblas brilló una luz.” 
— Isaías 9:1

Mis queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo:
Estas palabras del profeta Isaías tienen resonancia para nosotros en la Navidad de este ano.  Hay oscuridad y tinieblas que trae la pandemia y traen los incendios devastadores, huracanes y desastres de la naturaleza.  También, nos oprimen tanto las divisiones raciales en la sociedad como las elecciones más conflictivas que cualquieras otras  en nuestra memoria.  Está clarísimo que en nuestro mundo hace falta la luz del Señor Jesucristo.      
En las Navidades lo que recordamos y celebramos abarca mucho más que el el nacimiento de un bebe  Celebramos el triunfo de la luz sobre la oscuridad.  En su evangelio  San Juan nos proclama: “La luz brilla en la oscuridad”.  En la primera noche de la Navidad, mientras el mundo yacía en oscuridad, una luz llegó: el amor de Dios por Su pueblo – un amor tan puro que se encarnó en Jesús que nació en el pesebre de Belén; un amor tan hondo que el Señor aceptó Su pasión y muerte en la cruz; un amor tan poderoso que es capaz de destruir hasta el pecado y la muerte en la resurrección.   
Aunque que nuestras celebraciones navideñas de este año van a tener otro tono, persiste siempre la doctrina central que siempre nos alegra el corazón: para salvarnos Dios envió a Su Hijo al mundo para sufrir, morir y levantarse de nuevo.  Este mismo Señor Jesucristo está presente en Su cuerpo, la Iglesia para disipar las tinieblas en nuestras vidas y en el mundo entero.  El Señor nos llama a cada uno de nosotros a dejar brillar su luz a través del testimonio de nuestras vidas.  Que seamos portadores del amor, la esperanza y la paz que tanto necesitan nuestras familias, nuestras comunidades y el mundo entero.
En estos días de luz y esperanza, den gracias a Dios por Su hijo, Jesús, el don que Él ha regalado al mundo.  Dediquen tiempo a la oración.  Busquen irradiar a todos la luz brillante de Su amor.  Que cada uno de ustedes, junto con sus familias y seres queridos pasen unas Navidades profundamente felices y un Nuevo Año colmado de las bendiciones de Dios.

Sinceramente en Cristo,

Bishop of Norwich

Diocese of Norwich
Office of the Bishop
201 Broadway
Norwich, Connecticut  06360
(860) 887-9294

Mesaj Fet Nwel 2020

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; 
Upon those who lived in a land of gloom a light has shone.” 
— Isaiah 9:1

Frè m ak sè m yo nan Kris la, 
Pawòl  Pwofèt Izayi yo, patikilyèman pwisan pou nou Nwèl sa a. Gen fènwa ak tenèb nan pandemi sa kap kontinye a,  devastasyon ki te fèt nan dife sovaj, siklòn ak katastwòf natirèl, ak divizyon rasyal, osi byen ke sa ki te youn nan sik eleksyon yo ki pi anmè nan istwa nasyon nou an. Li vin de pli zan pli klè ke mond nou an bezwen limyè Seyè Jezi kounye a pi plis pase tout tan. 
Nan Fèt Nwèl la nou se pou nou sonje ke nap selebre pa sèlman “anivèsè nesans Seyè a.” Nap selebre tou gwo viktwa limyè sou fènwa. Levanjil Jan an di, “Limyè a klere nan fènwa a. Men fènwa pat resevwa li.” (Jan 1: 5) Pandan ke mond lan te toujou nan fènwa, yon gwo limyè parèt. ..Nan premye nwit Nwèl la pandan ke mond lan te nan fènwa, yon gwo limyè te parèt: renmen Bondye pou pèp li a - yon renmen ki si tèlman pwòp ke li te pran kò nan Jezi, ki te fèt nan etab Betleyèm; yon renmen ki si tèlman pwofon ke li te pèmèt Senyè a andire pasyon li ak lanmò li sou kwa a; yon renmen si tèlman pwisan ke li detwi menm peche ak lanmò atravè rezirèksyon l. Pandan ke rasanbleman nou yo nan selebrasyon Nwèl yo ap diferan ane sa a, se pou nou sonje verite santral sa a: Bondye te voye Pitit li a nan mond lan pou li soufri, mouri ak leve byen vivan pou  delivre nou anba peche.  Menm Senyè Jezi sa a kit e leve byen vivan prezan  atravè Kò li, Legliz la pou disparèt fènwa ak tenèb ki prezan nan pwòp vi nou ak nan mond ki antoure nou an. 
Kounye a, Senyè a rele nou chak pou nou kite limyè li klere nou byen klere atravè temwayaj lavi nou. Se pou nou pote renmen, espwa, ak lapè ki nesesè pou fanmi nou yo, kominote nou yo ak mond lan, isit la e kounye a. 
Se konsa, nan sezon limyè ak espwa sa a, se pou nou di Bondye mèsi pou kado sa a li bay mond lan nan Jezu; pase tan nan lapriyè; chèche gaye limyè renmen Jezu bay lòt moun. 
Se pou ou menm, fanmi ou ak moun ou renmen yo gen yon Bèl Fèt Nwèl  ak yon Nouvèl Ane ranpli ak benediksyon Bondye! 

Sensèman nan Kris la,

Evèk Norwich

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