God’s Light of Hope this Christmas

Luke 1: 67-79
2 Sam 7:1-5,8-11,16 / 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.
(Luke 1:78-79)

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

Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because He has come to His people and redeemed them. 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 ancestors 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 1:676-79)


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 Savior 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 disaster wrought by typhoon “Sendong” that brought floods here in Mindanao last week failed to dampen the true spirit of Christmas. In fact it provided the opportunity to bring out the spirit of love and generosity in most of us. Many of our brothers and sisters responded generously to address the aftermath of the calamity. The concerned agencies were able to raise millions of Pesos in cash and in kind, and thousands volunteered to pack and distribute food and relief goods to the people affected. This is the true meaning of Christmas – putting into action the compassion, generosity and the love of God for the afflicted. MERRY CHRISTMAS!

We thank You, Father for awakening the spirit of generosity in the hearts of many during this season of giving, so that many of those affected by the recent flood were given assistance and care. Bless all those who showed Your love. Amen.

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