God is with us, understand all ye nations, and submit yourselves, for God is with us!
When the Christ appears on earth, God is truly with us, all of us; not only with the Jews but with the gentiles, not only with the Orthodox Christians and Christians generally but with all people, including those who do not ask for Him and do not seek Him. All peoples and nations are called to understand this and to submit to it, not for God’s sake but for their own. It is their honor, not their humiliation. It is their dignity, not their degradation, It is their freedom, not their enslavement. It is their very life.
- Father Thomas Hopko, from “The Winter Pascha”
I wish for you, all of you – you who love me, who hate me, who don’t know me at all, you who are sick, you who are lonely, you who are frightened about the future, and you who are clinging with every ounce faith you can muster onto this Incarnation of Christ – a clear view, on this Feast, of our Mystical, fiery, indomitable Salvation. Christ is Born! Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
With all my love and gratitude,
p.s. I’ll meet you back here after the New Year