One of the greatest gifts of Christmas is the JOY of the Newborn Christ given to humanity.
The Old Testament contains passages predicting great joy associated with Jesus’ birth. The Prophet Isaiah writes: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light, on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy they rejoice before you”. (Is 9:1-3) Humanity, surrounded with the darkness of sin, will see the Light – the birth of Jesus. He will save it from the lack of love, self-centeredness and the disregard of God. Darkness does not allow for joy. Fear and uncertainty rule in the darkness. There is no life there. Only the Light of the Newborn Christ can enlighten us. This brightness allows people to look into each other’s eyes and share the joy of the Newborn Christ. Those who share Christ with others receive the great gift of joy, because God is the source of joy and happiness.
John the Baptist had an understanding of this phenomenon of joy, when he was still in Elizabeth’s womb and Mary, who was carrying baby Jesus, came to visit. I imagine that John the Baptist was doing flips of joy in Elizabeth’s womb upon their arrival.
Later in the Gospel, John the Baptist says: “The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.” (John 3:29) Joyous John, the greatest prophet of the Old Testament was filled with delight with the coming of the Savior. Shepherds who were herding their sheep on the outskirts of Bethlehem shared in this happiness when “… the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11) All the herdsman and the witnesses of Jesus’ birth hurrying to see the Newborn King at the manger shared this greatest joy with Mary and Joseph. The three Wise Men: Casper, Melchior and Balthasar who were on the quest to seek this joy: “When they saw the star, they were overjoyed” (Matthew 2:10) because the Bethlehem star guided them to Jesus. They believed that this Baby Boy is the Savior of all mankind. On the way back from Bethlehem they showed others how meeting with God – Who humbled Himself in human form as an infant- changed their lives. After every night comes day, after the sadness of sin comes the great joy of forgiveness.
I would like to wish you all that this Christmas time fills your hearts with joy and happiness and is shared with your family, so we can all share the Light of Newborn Christ. He brightens up the darkness of sadness and despair and gives us the pure joy of being with Christ. Let us be like the Bethlehem star that guided the Wise Men to the Savior. Let us remember people who may be forgotten and are in need of fulfilling Jesus’ Words: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:11) Accept this abundance of joy from the Newborn Christ, so we may feel happiness in our hearts, amongst families and communities.
Fr. Roman Caly
Fr. Roman’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood
Father Roman was ordained on May 18, 1991, by Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz, at the Cathedral in Wroclaw, Poland.
He was born Roman Pawel Caly on March 8, 1965, in Wroclaw, Poland to Karol and Stanislawa Caly. He attended the Metropolitan Seminary of Wroclaw from 1985 to 1991.
After his ordination in 1991, and two years of priestly ministry in Poland, Father Roman served as Associate Pastor in the Parish of Transfiguration in Krasnoyarsk (Siberia), Russia. On October 30, 1995 Father Roman was appointed pastor of Christ the King Parish of Altai Krai, Siberia, at Barnaul. He served in the Northeastern parts of Altai Krai and the Altai Republic from 1995 to 2007. He arrived in Fairbanks, Alaska, on September 29, 2007, where he served seven villages of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Region, of the Missionary Diocese of Fairbanks.
Father Roman arrived in Rochester on October 1, 2011 and became Pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish on June 26, 2012.
Congratulations Father Roman and Thank You for your service to our parish!
St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish praises God through Jesus, Mary and the saints, as the central focus of our spiritual community.We welcome all people into our faith community through the celebration of sacraments especially Eucharist, Baptisms, Weddings and the Sacramental, especially Funerals, Blessings and Devotions.We work to preserve the ethnic and historical traditions of our community, and to share with others the richness of our
heritage and culture.We share and grow in understanding of the Gospel message as we practice the charity through good works and service to others.
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