December 19, 2014
|Above is the painting “The Holy Family” by Clorinda Galdós Bell, a renowned practitioner of a traditional style of Peruvian painting known as the Cuzco School. A native of Cuzco, Peru, she currently lives in Powell, Tenn. More of her work can be viewed at www.facebook.com/clorysart.
My Dear People of God,
During this Advent season, we have been reflecting on the promised hope of redemption and salvation contained in the writings of the Old Testament prophets.
The prophet Isaiah especially captures our imaginations in his description of a barren, lifeless land transformed with luxurious growth. The note of hope is expressed in the statement that “a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.”
The promise voiced by the prophets reaches its culmination in the figure of John the Baptist, the herald who proclaimed the coming of the Lord.
The message is that God’s grace seeks to make all things new. This gift of God’s love is definitively revealed in the mystery of the Incarnation. God the Son in His infinite love takes upon Himself a share in our human nature, save the condition of sinfulness, in order to make possible our reconciliation with God.
In the quiet of that holy night of the Lord’s birth, heaven and earth are united and peace is proclaimed: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men of good will.”
My prayer is that the gift of God’s peace will reign in all of our hearts, and that we may find that peace in welcoming God’s love revealed in the Incarnation of the Son.
Merry Christmas and a grace-filled New Year for all!
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend David R. Choby
Bishop of Nashville