Christmas Letter from our Bishop

Beloved in Christ:

“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be
enrolled.” (Luke 2:1) With these words begins the greatest story ever told, the story
of the birth of the Christ Child. This is a story that never grows old.

While the story is familiar there is one verse that demands special attention. After the
shepherds had come and gone from the cave in Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph find
themselves alone with the baby Jesus and we read “Mary kept all these things,
pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)

Our Lady has time to reflect on all that has happened. From the announcement by the
angel that God had chosen her to be the virgin mother of the Savior, through the
difficult journey to the City of David, to the birth of her Son with angels nearby and
shepherds visiting. Mary catches her breath and reflects deeply on all that has come
to pass.

This Christmas Season we should follow Mary’s example. Find a quiet time to think
and pray. To take this story to heart, as Mary did and perhaps discover how we might
live our lives differently because “God is with us.”

Together with Bishop Rich, I wish you a very Merry Christmas filled to overflowing
with joy and peace. Like Mary let us ponder these things in our hearts. It is my
fervent prayer that you and I can live each day in the coming new year grateful for the
gift of our Savior.

Bishop Bill

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