Become Christ Bearers

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Mary the mother of Jesus is the focal point in today’s Gospel. Mary’s act of Faith, her “YES” to the plan of God made it possible for us to have Christmas every year! The mission of Mary in the plan of God was to give Jesus to every generation of the human family. Christmas is all about Family! It’s a Family celebration! That is why, many of you may have your children or parents coming home for Christmas! We may have many of our parish family members or relatives visiting us today. We welcome you all to St. John Neumann Parish.

Christmas is a time of Joy! Jesus brings Joy to the World. Unfortunately, many people do not experience true joy any more especially this Christmas time. They have turned away from Jesus because His ways are too challenging for them to follow. Pope Francis says in his first Encyclical “The Joy of the Gospel”, “It is in making others happy and comforted that you become joyful. It is in sharing that you find true Joy.”

Even if Christ is born a thousand times in Bethlehem, it is useless if He is not born in our hearts. May this Christmas celebration make a difference in our lives. Let us allow Christ be born in our hearts, so that we may become Christ bearers like Mary, manifesting His love and goodness to the people around us.

Merry Christmas to all!


Fr. Sunny Punnakuziyil, MSFS

Pastor, SJN