Christmas Blessings from Catholic Social Services Victoria
Joan Chittister OSB reminds us of the first Christmas and its call for us again to welcome the stranger.
“At Christmas, it's so easy to get caught up in the magnificence of Jesus and so miss the simplicity of Jesus, the normalcy of Jesus, the invisibility of the Jesus who lives almost totally unseen, unheralded, for the first 30 years of his life. Just like us.
The implications of that reality, especially at a time like Christmas with all the gifts and glitter, all the great Christmas icons and triumphant hymns—cue trumpet, hit flashing lights, turn spotlight on angels—turn real life upside down. There weren't any trumpets, the night was quiet and dark as pitch, no heavenly choir sang. It was a moment of crisis, of abandonment, of loss, of total dependence for this little family. They knew too much of what the families of the world know yet, in fact.
This was a refugee family. They were homeless. In a highly communal society their survival depended on the hospitality and support of strangers. That's the real story. Where has it been for so long?”
Christmas blessings of peace and joy to our many friends and supporters in the Catholic social services community. We have worked together in faith and hope for another year in our belief and commitment for a more just and compassionate society for all. Warmest greetings to those we seek to serve in humility and love.
Catholic Social Services Victoria will be closed from 24 December to Monday 6 January; reopening on Tuesday 7 January 2020.