Mysuru, December 24:- Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Mysuru, Dr KA William on Monday gave his Christmas message to the people of Mysuru.
“Christmas is here again. Christmas festival is not only for Christians, but for all around the world. Jesus’ birth was proclaimed as coming of ‘The Prince of Peace.’ For peace Jesus was born as a human being, to make us human. There is a lot of difference between a human being and being human,” he said at a press meet held at the Bishop’s House premises in the city on Monday.
“The world is full of violence. Everyone is craving for peace. We can have peace if there is justice. Real brotherhood can be seen only when everyone is valued and respected. Let us all become human beings first,” he added.
“Many people still die of hunger and sickness, when the world has enough resources to meet the needs of all but lacks the will to share what we have with everyone. These days women are becoming victims of atrocities and little children, especially girls’ innocence is violated by man’s greed and lust. Christmas is an invitation to be human,” said Rev Dr William.
Rabindranath Tagore said “Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man,” and yet everything appears bleak and dark, the Bishop opined. “Christmas gives us the hope that there is still a ray of light in the dark tunnel. Let us all strive to dispel darkness, self-centredness, look at the face of every human being and see the image of God in him or her. Let this Christmas usher for everyone a new hope of peace and brotherhood and help us be human in our relationships, ” Rev Dr William said.
Mysuru Diocese PRO Rev Msgr Leslie Moras, Mysuru Diocese Vicar General Rev Msgr C Rayappa, Rev Fr Vijay Kumar, secretary of MDES and Rev Fr Stany Almeida, Assistant Priest, St Joseph’s Cathedra, Mysuru and others were present.
Meanwhile, Masses will be held at St Joseph’s Cathedral (St Philomena’s Church) and all other churches at 12 am on Wednesday and from 5 am in the morning to usher the birthday of Baby Jesus.
All the churches in the city have been tastefully decorated with colourful illumination and buntings.(MR, NGB/KS)