Dear friends of St. Barnabas
Peace and Grace of God be with you.
On behalf of the parish staff, Deacon Paul, Fr. Augustine, and Fr. Mark, I would like to truly wish you a blessed Christmas. Jesus Christ, our Savior, is born!
The Lord Jesus came to lift us from darkness, to gladden our hearts, make clear the goal of life. Jesus came to reveal God to us. He is the face of God. He came not only to show us why God created us, but also to lead us to the Eternal Home He made for us. He puts an entirely new face on everything.
He shows us that God loves us and works constantly to draw us to Himself. As Scripture says, “See, I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5). No wonder we sing, “Joy to the World” at Christmas time.
All our hopes, all our joys, all our peace rest in Jesus. So we celebrate His birth with exceedingly great joy, for He was born to help us change from the old to the new:
From Greed to Generosity,
From Selfishness to Love for Others,
From Thoughtlessness to Thoughtfulness,
From Despair to Hope,
From Inner Confusion to Peace,
From Despondency to Joy,
From Fear to Trust in God,
From Ingratitude to Gratitude
From being Earthbound to being full of Desire for Heaven
We must – we absolutely must – celebrate Christmas. In her Liturgy, Holy Church teaches us how to do this – how to prepare for it (Advent), how to celebrate it in the Christmas Mass and in the Christmas Feasts of the Holy Innocents, the Holy Family, Mary Mother of God, the Epiphany, and the Baptism of the Lord.
Whatever you may be suffering, whatever your disappointments, whatever the state of your health, whatever the state of your prayer life, let the peace, joy, and hope of Christmas fill you through and through. If something has happened to alienate you from Jesus, use the season to make it right with Him. He loves you and is waiting for you.
May our Mother Mary cover you with her mantle of love as you and your family continue to welcome the presence of the Savior to your homes.
Fr. Hansoo Park, Pastor