Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Blessings to all in this season of hope

By Bishop Gerald Barnes
Diocese of San Bernardino

Christmas, like every year, offers us the chance to once again look at our lives and to accept the blessing of hope which is so important to all of us. No matter what we are going through or what we have gone through, there is a deep hunger lingering in each of us for hope. Hope that things will be better; hope that things can be reconciled; hope that the future is welcoming towards us. I think everybody desires, deep down inside, something better and the best thing in life is the hope that God gives us and that is what we celebrate in this Christmas season – God’s true eternal promise of hope that he gives to us as a gift.

I sincerely believe that deep down in every human person there is a hunger to relate with that that is eternal, the creator, the someone, the something that is greater than us. At the Christmas season, we who are Christians believe that that presence became human in the person of Jesus the Christ.

I want to say to all of the people of the diocese, of San Bernardino and Riverside counties and to all who read this blog that I join you in the hope that you have for a better world; for a stronger and just country and for family relationships that can celebrate the true meaning of family. I join you in hope that our celebration of this Christmas might be a true blessing; that it might be renewal and strength for our own lives and the lives of our loved ones. I extend my prayers and my blessings to all.

Merry Christmas.

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