Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Christmas Message from Bishop Barnes & Bishop del Riego

By Bishop Gerald Barnes & Bishop Rutilio del Riego
Diocese of San Bernardino

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We offer our deepest prayers to you at this most blessed time of year. Let the joy of Christmas fill us all. For today we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ! As we exchange gifts with friends and family and enjoy the many blessings of this time of year, let us remember that we are the “reason for the season” because Jesus came for us so that we might be saved. That God would send His Son to be among us, to be one of us, shows His great love for human kind and His desire to be recon­ciled with us. It is the only gift we truly need and the world is a more holy place when we share it with each other and with those we meet in our days.

Though he was born anonymously and humbly, the birth of our Lord Jesus gave hope to the world. As we enter into Christmas and the New Year may we take a few moments to look at our lives and accept the hope that God continues to offer us in His Son, Jesus. It is there for us today just as it was more than 2,000 years ago when He was born of Our Blessed Mother Mary and became man.

May your holiday season be filled with love and good cheer…
May you experience the peace and joy of Christ’s birth in your heart…
May your family and friends be blessed with good health and safety…
May the presence of the Spirit guide you on your journey in 2012…
And may Almighty God bless you.

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