My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

What a joy it is to celebrate the Christ Child coming into the world for the salvation of mankind. This Christmas is certainly one in which we find ourselves in hopeful expectation of emerging from a long darkness caused by the pandemic, but that is what the event of God joining the human condition in the man of Jesus Christ is all about.

Our Savior coming to earth affirms our hope that God always cares for us and loves us, and never leaves us to fend for ourselves. Christmas reminds us that God loves us so much that He joined us in the struggles and challenges of our humanity in becoming Man.

On this Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us especially be reminded that we continue to be cared for by our God and Lord, Jesus Christ, even during times of struggle, and He has not left us alone. As we celebrate Christmas, and the Feast of the Holy Family backtoback this year, let our families join the Holy Family in resting in the great joy and hope that came to earth on the first Christmas, in the Person of Jesus Christ.

It is my prayerful intention that you have a blessed, holy, joyful Christmas and rest in the peace of the coming of the

Lord! In Christ our Savior,
Fr. Cook