Mary and the Christ Child are depicted in a contemporary icon.  CNS photo Mary and the Christ Child are depicted in a contemporary icon. CNS photoDear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The proclamation of Christmas is a light that shines for all people. “Emmanuel”, God-with-us, comes to dwell in our midst bringing with Him the universal message of love, hope and peace.

As we eagerly await the coming of our Saviour, we share with Mary her joyful anticipation of the Child Jesus. This great and fascinating mystery of God’s incarnation is what we celebrate at Christmas.

Jesus, “The-Word-Made-Flesh”, desires to be close to us. Amidst the glow of Christmas, we are reminded of how God so humbled Himself to take the form of a child to live with us.

This revelation of God’s great love for us is a light of truth revealed only to those with open hearts and who receive it in trust.

In this Year of Faith, let our gaze be constantly on Him who promises salvation and let our goal be “our personal encounter with the Lord”, as exhorted by Pope Benedict XVI in the opening of the Year of Faith.

During this spirit of Christmas, I pray for a deeper contemplation of God’s great love for us and may the doors of our hearts be always open to His peace and joy.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, together let us journey through this great mystery of love.

May the light of Christ shine forth anew in our lives and may the birth of the Saviour strengthen our faith through a deeper communion with Him and one another.

May the presence of Christ in us enable us to make efforts to reach out to the poor, aged, sick, the lonely and migrants, extending His love and mercy to them.

A blessed Christmas to one and all and a Spirit-filled New Year.


Archbishop Nicholas Chia

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