Shout out the Good News
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
It is a story that has never grown old, as startling and beautiful this Christmas as it was the very first time this Good News was heard. The pilgrimage from home, the inn with no rooms, the shepherds in the fields, the message of the heavenly host, a babe in a manger, a world that will never be the same again. Each verse in the story carries us forward. No greater plot has ever been written. No greater story has ever been told. We join in Mary's prayer of praise:
"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
My spirit rejoices in God my savior" (Luke 1:46-47).
We live in a world where a shrug of the shoulders has become our response to the worst of sins. There is a temptation to simply give up on our world, exhausted by the tiring litany of sin and injustice that invades our daily lives.
But we are people of that story. People of the Incarnation. People of God-made-flesh. People who know that heaven touched earth that first Christmas, and the miracle of his presence lives with and in us today most especially in the Eucharist.
The Christmas story cannot and will not be silenced, no matter how feverishly it is denied. Amid all the clanging voices, all the noise that invades each waking moment, the Christmas narrative overpowers all. At this time of year, that narrative cannot and will not be ignored. "Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard, just as it had been told to them" (Luke 2:20).
We are those shepherds. We have seen the Christmas narrative come alive. Like the shepherds, we need to shout out the Good News. Our joy is telling the Good News every day, telling those tidings of great joy through our words of love and through our deeds of charity.
Together with Bishop Waltersheid and Bishop Winter, I wish you a joyful, merry, peaceful Christmas and a blessed 2012 with the hope that you and I continue to live each day grateful for our belief that "Nothing is Impossible with God."
Most Reverend David A. Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh