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A Christmas Message from the Bishop

Once again, we draw near to the stable where the infant Savior is born and are reminded that the triumph of divine good is borne not by the powerful, but by the vulnerable. Each of us, despite our doubts and shortcomings, is exactly what God needs to meet the pain and brokenness of the world with justice, mercy, and grace. The nativity of the Christ proclaims that divine love takes on flesh when we are vulnerable to the spirit of holiness, when we open our hearts and let God’s love direct our lives. That is when we become, in St. Paul’s words, the body of Christ.

My prayer is that the twelve days of Christmas will be days of adoration in which we may each hear the angel’s invitation, “Do not be afraid…this will be a sign for you.”

With every blessing of the incarnate Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Jr.

Bishop of Ohio

12.25.22

Swathed in birthing cloths;
his tiny nostrils drawing soft breaths,
dilating with the earthy aroma of livestock;
his delicate fingers moving in slow motion,
as if caressing the air he breathes;
his eyes unable to focus on anything
save, perhaps, the mother’s breast;
his ears hearing for the first time
the sounds of the creation he had been born to redeem:
this fragile Messiah,
conceived to bear God’s transforming love to a broken world,
this incarnation of divine affection
come to us in the most vulnerable of all beings,
a living invitation to love as we are loved.

“This will be a sign for you,” the angel said. “For you.”

– Mark Hollingsworth

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