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Christmas celebrations in Huaura. Peru
On December 27th, gathered in a diocesan fraternity -Priests, Religious and Seminarians- for the Christmas celebration, our Bishop, Monsignor Antonio, helped us to deepen Pope Francis's homely which was pronounced during the solemn mass of the Lord’s birth: "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light" (Is 9,1). This prophecy finds its fulfillment in the Gospel’s account of the Christmas Eve mass: "This very day in David's town your Savior was born. Christ the Lord!" (Lk 2,11). The Apostle Paul tells us: "For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men" (Tite2,11). This grace is Divine Love, Love which transforms life, renews History, liberates from evil, brings peace and joy into every moment of our life... he made himself poor, small, in the Eucharist, small also in our daily life (Mat 25). The Bishop invited us to let ourselves be, each day, illuminated by the light of the Nativity which is the permanent grace of love, of consecrated life, of truth, of peace and justice, the grace of the good shepherd who knows to forgive, who knows to care of his sheep, of his community.
These words reflected what we experienced more concretely on Christmas day, like the sheperds who ran to the cave carrying numerous presents, each bringing what they had. It is in this way that in Huaura and the surronding areas, groups, students, associations, families, police personnel have mobilized to held fundraising: cash donations, gifts, milk chocolat, Panettone (special Christmas bread), baskets filled with treats, all to help people living on their own, disabled children, the sick, the elderly… Simply because the birth of our Lord Jesus is such a great gift to us that it gives rise to a lot of gratitude. Each person gave some of their time to visit, to listen, to share what they had, just as the wise men did. It was impressive to see how this Baby Jesus, so little, so poor and so close to all, is able to mobilize so many people. As Pope Francis said: "If your hands feel empty if you see your heart poor in love, this night is for you. The grace of God appeared to shine in your life. Welcome it and the Christmas Light will shine in you."
We ended this day of December 27th with a festive meal in the joy of feeling renewed and of sharing what each community and priest had brought.
Sister Pascaline Yameogo, DHS. Published December 31st, 2019