11 Communio India Sunday - Eddy D'Sa

posted Nov 20, 2018, 7:30 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 20, 2018, 7:31 AM ]

“Love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34)

To All Archbishops, Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Religious, Catechists and Lay Faithful of the Latin Catholic Church in India

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ,

Today, we begin a new liturgical year with the season of Advent which offers us a sense of hope, joy and encouragement, as we continue our journey of faith to celebrate the Mystery of the Incarnation. Advent refers not only to the birth of our Lord at His First Coming, but also to our hope and expectation of Him at his Second Coming. This expectation demands from us fidelity to the Gospel by being constantly watchful like the wise virgins (cf. Mt 25: 1-13) or the ever faithful and wise servant (cf. Mt 24:45-51) for the Master's return.

Incarnation is an intimate expression of God's unconditional love for us: "God so loved the world, that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life." (Jn 3:16) Christ has taught and shown us that Love is the heart of the Gospel. To receive God's salvation is to be fully taken up in this infinite love of God for us in Jesus Christ.

During this Advent and Christmas season, we are called to share God's love with our fellow brothers and sisters, especially with the poor and the needy. Heeding the call of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we have to live our lives for others. This can happen through a conversion of heart that Jesus called us to, at the very beginning of his ministry. He invites us to make a new and determined effort to fulfil our responsibilities as disciples of Christ, in order to live fully the two great commandments, to love God with our whole heart, soul and mind, and to love our neighbour as ourselves (cf. Mt 22:36-40).