“You shall be called, ‘Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken’” Isaiah 62:12
Dear Friends in Christ,
We hear these words from the prophet Isaiah as we gather to celebrate the Christ Mass. As people of faith in Jesus Christ, we know that these words were fulfilled in Christ’s Incarnation. All this is the Father’s action of sending his Son into the world to bring us back to himself.
I cannot hear these words without hearing the words of the most ancient Eucharistic prayer in the Book of Common Prayer, “Father you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior.” They also remind me of that most loved parable which we have misnamed the prodigal son, but I believe (as do others) should be named the forgiving father in remembrance of both sons, the prodigal and his elder brother, who each needed to repent and received the father’s embrace.
What a great and loving God we have, a God who comes to us, who seeks us out and loves us with a love beyond measure.
My prayer is that your Christmas celebrations will remind you how much you are loved by our Loving God.
The Rt. Rev. Steven A. Miller
Bishop of Milwaukee