Someone to love, someone to care for. . .
It was this thought that gripped the heart of Saint Francis of Assisi his first Christmas at Greccio.
In his book, “Francis: The Journey and the Dream,” Murray Bodo writes that it struck Francis that God came to earth as a baby so that we would have someone to care for. Christmas was the dearest of feasts to Francis because it meant that God was now one of us. We could now approach God without fear; as someone to love. Francis prayed for all the lonely people of the world that they would understand what this meant to them personally…. that Jesus would let himself be touched and handled by everyone who would come to Him. That was Christmas for Francis. That is God become flesh.
Thank you for your generous support of our parish this Christmas season. . . And always! You help to further our mission of caring for Jesus in all those we meet here. We see God here among us, as one with us. Our mission is to remove fear and approach God with love, and to approach each other with love. During this Christmas time we are praying for all those who are lonely and suffering the effects of the coronavirus, those who have lost loved ones, and for all of our doctors, nurses, and medical professionals. Jesus still lets himself be touched and handled by everyone who would come to him. Thank you for helping us with that mission. That was Christmas for Francis. That is Christmas for us. That is God become flesh.
May God bless you this Christmas and throughout the New Year!
Rev Mark Zacker