A blessed Christmas to all

“Do not be afraid; for behold I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”(Lk 2:10-12)
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Solemnity of Christmas will be upon us very soon. I wish to take this opportunity to extend to all of you, the people of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita my heartfelt wishes for a blessed and joyful Christmas. I pray that you and your loved ones will experience the deeply personal love of God as you gather for Christmas Mass and later with family and friends to continue to celebrate the wonder of the incarnation of God’s only begotten Son.
I encourage you to make Christmas a spiritual time, a time of prayer and worship, a time to rejoice in the seemingly small and sometimes hidden graces of God, a time of reflection on the state of our world, country, communities and families and a time to invite Jesus Christ more fully into your heart as Messiah and Lord.
God chose to enter the world of flesh and blood as a baby, a small defenseless child, born into a very poor family, to be born in a manger, a place where farm animals escape from the cold and eat. These biblical truths remind us that God works in mysterious ways and that he chooses people, places and circumstances in which to bring about his plan, that often defy human logic and reason.
God, who is greater than the cosmos, all powerful and all knowing, chooses to be small, powerless, vulnerable and weak, demonstrating to those with faith that as St. Paul would say many years later, choosing” the foolish of the world to shame the wise, the weak of the world to shame the strong, the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are something.” (1 Cor 1:27-28)
Friends, we are among the foolish, weak and even sometimes despised of the world, but God has chosen us, like the shepherds, to announce and proclaim good news of great joy.
Like previous generations, ours also needs and deserves to hear this good news and see it lived out in works of faith, hope and love, so that all will come to know that “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”(Jn 3:16)
Will we go forth with this message, proclaimed in word and deed? Will we be missionary evangelists and disciples at home, at work, at school, wherever we find ourselves, proclaiming and living Christmas joy and peace? May God help us to fulfill this mission every day of 2018 and beyond! God bless you all! Merry Christmas! ¡Feliz Navidad!
+ Bishop Carl A. Kemme