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Birth of the Prince of Peace: CHRISTMAS
Alexios Mar Eusebius Metropolitan
We have been blessed to partake of the joy and peace of the blessed Nativity of Christ our Lord. Unfortunately we get so busy in our celebrations that we tend to forget the reason of this beautiful season. The post millennial Christmas has merely become a bunch of happy holidays which are so commercialized that Christ has no room in our celebrations even today. It is high time we utilize a few moments to truly make some space for the incarnate Christ in our lives. The manger represents simplicity and purity of intent and it is such places that Christ chooses to be born. Christ is born in a manger in the midst of innocent shepherds, sincere magi, and simple poor herds. Let our hearts and our lives be a place where Christ our Lord finds a little space at least.
Here in Kuwait, we are blessed to celebrate Christmas in all its vigor and pomp. Christmas this year in Kerala is in a different mood as people are in agony and loss with the aftermath of the devastating thunderstorm Oakhi. Many are missing and some have not been able get even the bodies of their loved ones. The people of Kerala might have to receive a new year with great pain and loss of their loved ones and the loss of their basic necessities.
Isaiah, the glorious prophet says, "for us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this (Isaiah 9: 6-7) Let us pray that the child born in the manger has mercy on us and brings about His peace and consolation in all the difficult situations of our lives. Let His justice and righteousness govern this world. May people of every kind experience the presence of the Prince of Peace in our midst. Just like Joseph, Mary and all other living beings, even the animals who were instrumental in birth of Christ in Bethlehem - may we be also instrumental in bearing and bringing forth Christ into this world.
While giving thanks to Lord Almighty for all the blessings we received in 2017, I pray that we get good beginning for the New Year 2018 and also for all the divine blessings in each one’s life in the year to come. I wish a blessed Christmas and a prosperous year 2018 for all the readers of Gregorian bulletin and the members of St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Maha Edavaka, Kuwait.
May the Lord born in Bethlehem bless you all!