Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Christmas Message 2016

 

[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “This child came to show us how to change the world,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2016. “So this Christmas, make room for Him to change us. This Christmas help us change the world.”

The Presiding Bishop’s video message is here


Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Christmas Message 2016

From Isaiah Chapter 9:

For unto us a child is born,
unto us a Son is given;
and the government shall be upon His shoulder;
and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

These words of Isaiah are often seen as words that foretell and foreshadow the coming of Jesus of Nazareth, born of Mary. The truth is, these words befit Him because this child changed the world. This child changes lives. This child changes us.

I remember when our oldest daughter was a baby. My wife and I were young. We were footloose and fancy-free.  It was just the two of us newlyweds, so if we wanted to go out to eat dinner, we went out to eat dinner. If we decided to go to a movie at the last minute, we just went.  We actually felt like we had money back then.  And we did have a little bit of discretionary income. We could pretty much do what we wanted to do, within reason, and we didn’t have to think too much about the consequences or impact of a spontaneous decision and what we had to do to make that happen.

And then, all of a sudden, this little, innocent human being, a little child, came into our lives, and literally gained control over our entire world. Before we could do anything else we had to think about, “Who’s going to keep the baby?” or “Is this a good time for us to go without the baby?”  We soon learned that we were not in control of our lives anymore.  Even our sleeping patterns became very different. We would stay awake when the baby was awake and we went to sleep when the baby went to sleep. Literally this child began to control our lives and the child didn’t even know she was doing it. And then we had a second one she did the exact same thing. And I’ve since learned that that’s what babies do.  When they arrive they take over!  And their parents begin to develop their lives around this child. To mold their entire lives around this precious needy baby.

Isaiah wrote, “Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given . . . and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  This child who was born of Mary changes everything. This child born in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes changes how we live. This child born to the sound of angels singing Gloria in excelcis Deo — this child to whom the wise ones came from afar bearing gifts — this child, changed the way the entire world works.

And this Jesus, born into a world torn by strife and hatred and division and pain and poverty, this child is born anew wherever men and women say, “I’ll follow Him. I’ll follow Him as my Savior. I’ll follow Him as my Lord.”

When this child grew up, He said His reason for coming, again quoting Isaiah, from the 61st chapter, he said,

The spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach Good News to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives, the recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty all those who are oppressed, and to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

This child, when He grew up, came to show us the way to live lives of love, lives of compassion, lives of goodness, lives of kindness, lives of justice. This child came to show us how to change the world. So this Christmas, make room for him to change us.  This Christmas help us change the world.  And make a new commitment, to go out from this day, to let this Christmas Day, be the first day of a new world.

God bless you. God keep you. Have a blessed Christmas.  A Happy New Year.  And go on out and change the world!

Comments

  1. Carne Foisie says:

    There is nothing more powerful or more comforting than hearing Bishop Curry speak. I’m so blessed to be a member of his flock. He and his messages fill me with love, compassion, and joy.
    Thank you Bishop Curry and a blessed holiday to you and your family.

    • Marie Hughes says:

      Thank you, Bishop Curry, your message is just what we need in our world which holds such much fear and division for many. May God bless you and your family during this Christmas Season.

    • Frances Gresley says:

      Such a wonderful message. It makes me want to go out and change the world with love and kindness.. Thank you.

  2. Diane L Villafane Onder says:

    Thank you Presiding Bishop Curry for your Christmas message, for your support of the Standing Rock Sioux, egalitarian marriage, and for keeping the Episcopal church inclusive. As a result of my past experiences with organized religion, I had vowed I would never, ever, become a member of a church again. Until I found the Episcopal church.

  3. Suzette Ciancio says:

    Thank you, Bishop Curry for your Christmas message. I’ll be reflecting on them this Advent season.
    Christmas blessings to you and yours.

  4. Ruth Rocchio says:

    You renew my faith with your words, Bishop Curry. How grateful I am to be alive to hear these beautiful words of Isaiah spoken with resounding conviction and love. Many thanks to you, sir. And God Bless Us, EVERY ONE!

  5. Lynda Knowlton says:

    Such an uplifting message . And free of politics I don’t like politics in church . We have had enough of that this year .

  6. Maxanna Demko says:

    Bishop Michael is the best to happen in The Episcopal Church in MANY years!!! He is a real blessing to all Christians, no matter the denomination. I hear the voice of God speaking through him. We love you, Bishop Michael!!!

  7. Christine grem says:

    Bishop Micheal,
    Beautiful heart zapping real relevant message.
    Thank you for your heart which shines with the spirit overflowing.

  8. What a heart warming, hopeful message. Thank you Bishop Michael Curry.

  9. What an inspiring and excellent message! Thank you.

  10. Paula Clark says:

    This is a wonderful and delightful message. Yes, a child is born! What a magnificent gift to all!
    Thank you Bishop Michael Curry and may God bless you in this Holy season.

  11. Jettie Pelletier says:

    God’s love and wisdom shines through you! We are blessed to have such a God filled man filling us with the absolute truth of our Lord and Savior! May God’s blessings continue to fall upon you as you share His wonderful message with us!
    Prayers that you have a joyful Christmas with your family and friends and may the New Year be filled with God’s Peace!
    Thank you for ALL that you do!

  12. Kaye White says:

    Thank you so much for this most needed Christmas message. You are a shining light in a troubled world and we are so fortunate to have you leading the Episcopal church. Makes be proud to be a member of your NC flock. May we all resolve to do just that, “Go on out and change the world!” Merry Christmas to you and yours. May your leadership help change lives.

  13. Beth Hardin says:

    Bishop Curry, I needed this message today. I am grateful that you can gently and beautifully kick us in the rear and tell us to get out there and be “crazy Christians,” changing the world. My world needs changing.

  14. Thank you for your loving and most positive message. It seems that the world is so full of negative words, thoughts, and deeds. Your message gives me hope in the midst of all the noise and clatter of confusion. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and love of God with us. We, your flock are thirsty for the hope you bring.

  15. Lisa Hlass says:

    Thank you, Bishop Curry. And thanks for your recent visit to Arkansas. It was a pleasure having you in the Rock! Have a blessed Christmas.

  16. PJcabbiness says:

    A positive message? Abandoning the divine, resurrected, scriptural Jesus with a feel good, Jesus as social worker movement is nothing to be positive about. This leftist interpretation is pure mythology. How did this pablum from the 1970’s manage to recycle itself?

  17. Thank you Bishop Curry

  18. This year I’m struck with the baby bound in swaddling clothes and the parable of lazureth bound. just as we are. Called to u bind Lazureth, so too are we being call to unbind the Christ within ourselves.

  19. Jean Cavanaugh says:

    Some see what they want to see.
    Others see what they need to see.
    Some are still blind and cannot see.

    Thank you Bishop Curry for the inspiring message my heart heard and needed.

  20. PJcabbiness says:

    This is borderline Harvey Cox theology wrapped in a Christmas bow and served with post modern Kool Aid.

  21. sasa emmanuel james says:

    happy new and mery xmass to u all in the name of our lord

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