A message from Fr Emil Blaser
The world has usurped Christmas and it is become a time of merrymaking, eating, drinking and giftgiving. A time of spending thousands of Rands. Unfortunately what is central to Christmas is often overlooked. It is Jesus Christ who is the reason for Christmas. And once again we need to put Christ back into Christmas.
As the year draws to a close it is important for us to welcome Christ into our lives during this Christmas season. God didn’t have to reach out to us but he did in the person of a humble child in Bethlehem. In Jesus God our Father says “I know you have deserted me but I still love you and want to be part of your flesh and blood” and so in Jesus we see the incarnation of God’s incredible gratuitous love, mercy and forgiveness as He comes to be born into our world and become part of our human nature.
Christmas is a time for us to welcome Christ into our lives to say thank you to the Lord for making his home amongst us. It is important to notice that he was born in simplicity and poverty and it was shepherds who welcomed him. Yes, the Magi came too and they came in humility recognising the graciousness of God in their midst.
I pray that Christmas will be a time of real joy and happiness and peace in the world which is shot through with war, hatred, corruption and every other kind of evil. The world actually needs the intervention of God to touch our lives and encourage us to become more human.
Thank you for the confidence you have placed in us at Radio Veritas. Thank you for your prayers and your great generosity. We wish you a very happy and holy Christmas and pray that just as God has touched us in and through Jesus, you too may touch the poor and the lonely and marginalised with your love friendship and generosity. May you be blessed at this Christmas time and we wish you all the best for 2017.
Fr Emil Blaser