Christmas greetings from Fr. Jan Tzop, Vice-Visitor of the Vice-Province of SS. Cyril and Methodius
The angel said, ‘Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. And here is a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’ And all at once with the angel there was a great throng of the hosts of heaven, praising God with the words: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace for those he favours. Now it happened that when the angels had gone from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go to Bethlehem and see this event which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they hurried away and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. (Lk 2:10-16)
On this Christmas night, all of us should come to the Bethlehem manger, to the place where “those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined” (Is 9:2), so that our hearts would be open to this light. May the light of Christ enter our hearts and light the flame of Divine kindness in them. The more Christ’s light dwells inside us, the more living and true our whole Vincentian Family will be, and our mission will be more fruitful and trustworthy. The more Christ’s life we have inside us, the more actively we shall embody the words of Pope Francis directed to us on the occasion of our 400th anniversary: “He scatters you throughout the world like seeds that sprout in arid land, like a balm of consolation for the wounded, like a fire of charity to warm so many hearts cooled by abandonment and hardened by rejection.” May the love we all share fill this world with light!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I wish you lots of joy and good from people, happiness as wells as peace and light giving God’s blessing.
Best wishes, Fr. Jan Tzop CM
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