Tegucigalpa (Agenzia Fides) - In their Christmas message, the Bishops of Honduras asked the People of God and all people of good will to assume "the serious and responsible commitment to the reconstruction of which our country has need, which is an authentic peace process". Presenting the Christmas greetings "of peace and hope", the Bishops underline that with the birth of the Savior, "God has enveloped us in his love, so that we learn to love one another in the same way", therefore "this experience of God’s love must lead us to build just and fraternal social relationships; in this way we will be able to work together, with genuine commitment and a spirit of solidarity, to make Honduras the nation we deserve and need".
The message of the Episcopal Conference therefore invites us to preserve the only and authentic meaning of the Christmas holidays, which is the spiritual one, without making them worldly or living them in a consumerist way, since "without Christ there is no Christmas". "This Christmas must be for everyone a sign of hope for something new, for the year that is about to begin. Let us give God a space in our life and in family life, and not repeat what happened in Bethlehem, where there was no room for Jesus anywhere". The plan of salvation carried out by God through his beloved Son, "is something marvelously great, and we are called to make it ours and to respond generously to it", underline the Bishops. "This is why we hope that Christmas represents, for those who believe in Jesus, the great opportunity to bring God's salvation to everyone", stresses the message, hoping that "this Christmas we will learn to live together the two experiences: the tenderness of the home that celebrates life, but also the solidarity of the People who are walking towards liberation". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 28/12/2021)