As we celebrate the Church’s New Year, we commence our journey towards Christmas confronted by the secular expressions of its significance as portrayed in our shopping centres, in the media and expressed in the decorations that don many houses in our neighbourhoods.
In his apostolic letter of December 2019 Pope Francis reflected on the meaning and importance of the nativity scene. He opened with the following statement:
A link to the letter has been provided below so that if you wish you can read it in its entirety.
Let us take Pope Francis’ words to heart and display the crib in our homes, offices, workplace, schools, hospitals, prisons or wherever we are ministering as a reminder that the message of Christmas is encapsulated in the nativity scene.
- The awe of parents with their newborn child,
- the first visitors to the stable – the shepherds with their humble backgrounds and ordinariness,
- the song of the Angels announcing a great event and
- the kings who travelling from the east to see for themselves the fulfillment of an old testament promise.
May the Christ-child be born again in our hearts and homes this Christmas.
Kath Hitchcock rsj