The Lord is Good; All the Time. These last few years have shown us the goodness of the Lord. We have gone through situations we never imagined possible. But by God’s Grace it looks like we are coming back to the period of normalcy, after years of stress and upheavals. We pray that the New Year may bring better tidings to all.
Let us make each day of 2023 a day of giving thanks for the many blessings that surround us, and which we so easily take for granted. Pope Francis in his first letter to us all, proposes that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the source of Joy. As we seek to build a world where all relationships are based on respect, justice, and kindness we need joy and hope. Hope is that unquenchable pilot light that burns steadily no matter how stormy the conditions.
The pandemic era has taught one lesson, namely, that no matter how careful we are, Jesus Christ is the Lord of The Storms. He takes us through them by giving us the wisdom and power to endure. In the years to come we shall look back and realize that when we needed our Lord, he was there to save us. There are things that have not returned to normal yet but we hope that at some point we shall totally conquer our fears and be able to regain control of our lives. No situation should seriously and permanently affect the way we worship. Each one of us will work hard to bring this situation to a complete end and a new day shall begin.
As we look forward to the challenges of the New Year we are comforted by the fact that the Lord will never abandon us. Let us continue to trust in the Lord. I thank you for your support. This was my first point of call since I came to Canada in 2018 and I continuously count my blessings for being amongst you as your servant. St. Elizabeth is wonderful community full of supportive people. It is this characteristic that will continue to sustain our community and to make it grow in grace.
May each of us share hope with all whom we encounter, and remind them of God’s love that endures forever. We are our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. I wish you the best in this Christmastide and blessings for the New Year 2023.
Fr. Martin Ndyanabo