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Merry Christmas to all!!!

On a Christmas day morning in 1988, a Hindu lady came and told me, “I missed Jesus, for, the carolers had skipped my house this year. I have come to see my Jesus”. It is my hope that you have not missed or skipped Jesus amidst the hustle and bustle of Christmas celebrations.

Do you know that Jesus whom you invited in, received and are with is the Man of History: Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master. 

He had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher.

He had no medicines, yet they called Him Healer.

He had no army, yet kings feared Him.

He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world.

He committed no crime, but they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb, yet He lives today.

Feel honored to serve such a Leader Who loves and lives among us – Emmanuel

In the bible, names usually tell the mission of the person. Emmanuel means God is with us. Indeed, He is born to be with us to Bless, Guide and Protect always until we return to Him.

As long as Emmanuel is with us, there is no room for fear. We are afraid or worried about so many things in our day to day life. For instance, parents are worried about the future of their children and grandchildren; about being sent to nursing homes when they are old. Husband/wife is afraid that eventually he/she will be left alone either by death or divorce; students worry about tests and their future; employees are always worried about losing their jobs, promotions, savings, etc. and the list goes on. Jesus, being Emmanuel, will be with us always to Bless, Guide and Protect, provided we decide to be with Him and allow Him to hold our hands always, assuring us peace, happiness and healthy life without fear.

Deceased Godifrey Pessa of Kakkonko- Tanzania, due to his polio affected legs moved around with his tricycle, was a challenge and inspiration for many. He was the president of the Community Based Rehabilitation group, active member of Parish Pastoral council and the Director of Rosary making and Rosary Group for children. He used to say “since I got my tricycle from the Missionary I decided not to beg but rather work hard with complete trust in God and always be thankful to God by serving Him and others”. He was blessed with an understanding wife and 5 children. Before his death he was able to educate all of them, arrange the marriage of his eldest daughter and all with his sweat and determination.

The 2015 New Year brings new Hope and challenges to us. Let people like Godfrey Pessa continue to challenge and inspire us when we are down, for as the Angel said to Our Blessed Mother “nothing is impossible for God” Lk 2: 37. Let these words continue to echo in our lives throughout the days of 2015, then, we will be able to sing joyfully the Magnificat with our Blessed Mother. Have a blessed 2015.

Fr. Zach, MST

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