CHRISTMAS MESSAGE- The Barbados Christian Council says Jesus Christ must be at the heart of Christmas

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM CHAIRMAN OF THE BARBADOS CHRISTIAN COUNCIL THE REV’D CANNON NOEL A. BURKE

Once again Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus. Christmas is a favorite time of year for most persons because of the joy associated with both the day and the season.

The celebration of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth has caught the attention of the entire world; to the extend that is appears attractive to the christian and the non christian alike.

The Apostle and Evangelist St. John captures beautifully the theological and spiritual importance of the Christmas story in the prologue to the Gospel according to St. John.

The prologue to the Gospel of John, ending at 1:14 with the declaration that “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us succinctly states the meaning and purpose of Christmas.

There is the body of opinion that the Christmas story recorded in St. John’s Gospel is often neglected because it does not carry the familiar symbolic images of the angels, shepherd and wise men.

It carriers rather what may be considered as a dense doctrinal message of the relationship between the Father and the Son and then extending to God’s relationship with humanity.

What it says essentially is that God almighty dwells in each and every one of us and that his presence resides in nature and in all of our institutions.

The teaching of the Christian Church then, is that Christmas is not simply a popular festival of unbridled merrymaking, neither is it a mere mental recall of a past historical event. Professor Patrick Regan tells is in his book Advent to Pentecost, that Christmas is the annual ecclesial making present in word and sacrament of the always-actual salvation subsisting in the person of Jesus.

When we think of Christmas in this way we may realize that it carries a deep and year-long spirituality that implicates us and lays upon us certain duties and obligations. We may think of these obligations today in four ways.

Firstly we have the duty of recognizing the presence of God in our lives day by day. This does not imply that all things will always go well; but rather in times of joy or sorrow, that God who dwells within us will never forsake us.

Secondly we are to love the neighbour with the understanding that God is in the brother or the sister; including those who differ from us in their theological, spiritual or moral outlook.

Thirdly it places upon us the duty of worship. We must worship the Lord God; not only on one day of the year but recognizing the need to participate to regularly rendering praise and thanks to almighty God in Word and in our traditions and in Sacrament.

Fourthly, God calls us to ecumenical discourse and discussion. It is in St. John chapter 17 that we take note of the prayer of our Lord that we may all be one. The various denominations coming together in discussion does not cause us to deny the peculiarities of each; but rather to recognize the commonality of praising God for the paschal mystery, that is Jesus’ death, resurrection, ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit.

On this Christmas Day then; let us pray that God almighty would bind us together in home and family life, as a people, church and nation and that his continued grace may be with us in the coming year.

On behalf of the executive of the Barbados Christian Council, I wish you a blessed and enjoyable Christmas Day.

14 Responses to CHRISTMAS MESSAGE- The Barbados Christian Council says Jesus Christ must be at the heart of Christmas

  1. Alex Alleyne December 25, 2017 at 11:14 am

    “Jesus Christ must be the heart of Xmas”……..(true), but in this day & age MATERIALISM run things.

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  2. Alex Alleyne December 25, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Seasons Greetings JENNIFER. I am not a Xmas person, but I eat the Food.

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    • Jennifer December 25, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Lol. I don’t celebrate at all Sir. I just stock up on basics, bread, milk etc for the couple closure days.

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  3. Carlisle Norville December 25, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    The lying Barbados Christian Council, like most of the so-called Christian churches, (still trying their best to keep Bajans )especially black & brown bagans in the white mans lie of X-mas & Santa Clause, those of you who are first of all
    intelligent, educated,& have researched the X-Mas story, would have found out that X-Mas has NOTHING to do with Jesus Christ, everything about X-Mas has to do with Nimrod, Tamusze & the big lie that tamuze mother fabricated, she being a powerful queen (Jesus was NOT born on the 25 of December) , & no sheppherds were sitting on the snow @ night watching sheep, ( X_mas is a time here in Barbados, for all merchants to smile on their way to the Bank, X-Mas is a big commercial thing,& pray tell me, what glutony, drinking, lots of alcohol, & having sex, got to do with the LORD JESUs theCHRIST, spending so much money to keep up with a lie, (of course de priest in the church got you fooled, & you want him to continue to fool you, foolish people( I hope some day comming soon, the light of truth will shine in your darken minds)

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    • Jennifer December 25, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      They love sweet lies Carlisle.

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  4. Ossie Moore December 25, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    The Bajan Xmas messages are like a** holes , everyone has a message and they all stink ! ! ! !

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  5. archy perch December 26, 2017 at 4:29 am

    To ALL making disparaging statements about the God who created you, look in the closest mirror, and try to identify the most sensible one of you in the trio of “me, myself and I”.
    I am reminded, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and to remove all doubt”.
    God is Great! God is Good ! God is Our Saviour !
    He gave you breath this morning when you awakened.
    You in your weakened state did not control that.
    Should you ever gasp for breathe one day, I hope narcissistic attitude sees you through.

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    • Jennifer December 26, 2017 at 7:08 am

      @Archy – GM. Please have the COURAGE to tell me where Christmas came from and who gave such a thing to you??? Show me by chapter and verse where and who told you to keep up such a thing??? How many wise men were there in the bible??? What are the feast your ” god” gave you??? And lastly what does Lev 11:7 says. Let me warn you I have read the entire holy book more then thrice. So please do not talk to me like a drunken man staggering in his vomit.

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      • Jennifer December 26, 2017 at 7:11 am

        And let me just say there are consequences for all of such doings.

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  6. archy perch December 26, 2017 at 9:07 am

    @Jennifer. If you, in your obviously old age, feel your dying organs function by your own internal generator, they I laud you.
    If you want to deny the presence of God in your life, keep on keeping on.
    I will not argue with you or anyone chapter and verse about the Bible; the devil knows the Bible very well.
    God’s Love and Grace is an experience had only through personal Faith in Him while one lives on this earth.
    The choice is yours and mine to foster a relationship with our creator.
    Good luck in your endeavors. But there are consequences only you will endure.

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    • Jennifer December 26, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Oh archy. U could’nt answer simple questions – no argument or surprise from u with your heide ho christian inherited bs. Let me leave u with this. See is u can find a location to see the sun in his setting. Watch his color as he turns the surrounding clouds EXTREME red. Continue to enjoy your feast.

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  7. Ossie Moore December 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    . . this assy perch person needs to take the air bag from between their 2 ears and install a brain . Also assy (archy) perch , while you are at it please switch your rear end with your mouth because they are definitely in the wrong places

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    • Jennifer December 26, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      lol. mind you a person CANNOT obtain grace unless you are given it via the holy spirit . It is a gift.

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      • Jennifer December 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm

        In an age of so information technology at our finger tips, and high education, why is this people still at such a misleading juncture. Why???

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