Bishop's Christmas Message 2014

Come Let Us Adore Him

For the past few years, the young people in our Catholic primary schools of the Diocese of Bathurst have taken part in a Christmas art competition. The results have been outstanding.

Many students have shown the beginnings of great artistic skills. More than that, the commentaries they have written to explain their pictures have revealed keen insights into the Christmas story and our Christian faith.

Depicting the visit of the Three Wise Men has been a popular choice for many of these young painters, as it has been for artists through the centuries. The search for truth and the joy of worship that we see in the story of the Adoration of the Magi captures everyone’s imagination.

“Come let us adore him”, is an excellent way to focus our Christmas devotion. The troubles of the human heart come from directing our worship to the wrong things, the wrong persons. To find the true path to the only One who deserves worship is to find the peace and joy this season celebrates.

“Come let us adore him”. He can be found in the community, the Word and the sacraments of the Church. He can be found in the poor and those who suffer when we move out of our selfishness to visit, help and touch them. He can be found in our own poverty and helplessness, when we accept his mercy.

“Come let us adore him: Christ the Lord.”

+ Michael McKenna

Bishop of Bathurst

Christmas 2014

 


Winner of the Bishop’s Award in the Diocesan School Christmas Art Competition 2014

“The Long Road to Egypt” was painted by Pheobe Varela from St. Raphael’s Catholic School in Cowra



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