Christmas Letter from Bishop Ilgenfritz
|Posted by Administrator on Dec 23 2016|
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.
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