Light of Hope this Christmas

Luke 1: 67-79
2 Sam 7 / Psa 89

“… the daybreak from on high will visit us to shine on those who sit in darkness and death’s shadow, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

May this season bring you cheer
As God provides for all our needs;
And may He bless your coming year
With answered prayers and wondrous deeds!

(John’s) father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us — to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1: 67-79)


Jesus is truly the light of our life guiding our feet to the kingdom of God. If we choose to walk in His light, we will shun the darkness of sin. St. John chose to lead a very austere life in the wilderness because of his great shame for mankind’s sins. He was the greatest of God’s prophets, chosen by God to “prepare the way of the Lord.” He exhorted all who listened to repent and turn from their sinful ways. He walked his talk, living a life of suffering, penitence and martyrdom, in imitation of Jesus Christ, Who was coming after him. St John may well be one of our greatest models, following only our Saviour and His Mother.

Reflecting on today’s Word: “… to guide our feet into the path of peace,” (Lk.1:79), we are given light in this eve of Christmas that peace will inevitably come to our land, and the suffering and poverty of our people will surely come to an end. This is the hope that Christmas always brings, because it is during this time that everyone considers each other as brothers and sisters. Maybe that is why despite the prevailing economic crisis, people can still afford to GIVE, and congregate in one Christmas party after another – if only to share with others this feeling of love and caring for one another.

The successive typhoons and floods that visited our country recently have not dampened the spirit of Christmas. In fact they provided the opportunity to bring out the spirit of love and compassion among our people. When donations were asked for, so many of our brothers and sisters responded generously. Even though we were thousands of miles away from the catastrophe, the response of Davao City’s residents in donating cash and relief goods in the tens of millions of Pesos surprised even the Red Cross chapter here which received the donations in behalf of the victims. Likewise, many other concerned agencies were able to raise millions more in cash and in kind, and thousands volunteered to bring relief to the people affected. This is the true meaning of Christmas — reflecting the compassion, generosity and the love of God among His people. May this spirit continue throughout this Yuletide season, and may we all enjoy the blessings of Christmas!

Father God, we have experienced so much sufferings and tragedies in our land in recent months, but we still hold on to the hope that we will not ‘sit in darkness and death’s shadow’ for long, because we have faith in Your love and compassion for Your people. Please make this celebration of our Saviour’s birth a joyful and meaningful one. Amen.

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