Apostolic visitator for Belarusians abroad Father Alexander Knudson in his Christmas address to the faithful meditate on the essence of the authorities and their responsibility to society.
"I came to serve"
"The constant image of the Father, His pristine reflection, becomes a servant. Coming from the Virgin Mother and taste changes, he remains what he was — the original God — and to take what was not to become a man for the love of the people." This hymn, the Church sings in the Christmas Day beautifully conveys the meaning of this holiday, it is primordial that God, in His love for us, is still one of us. He comes to us not in force, but as a small child, waiting for our help and sympathy. However, this was no ordinary child. The prophet Isaiah 700 years before the coming of the saying, "A child is born to us, a son given to us on his shoulders rested the power" (Isaiah 9:6).
So maybe not surprising that his coming alarmed those who had power. The amazing thing — power. As an integral part of every social system, it is a form of service to others. Christ Himself said that He came "not to be served but to serve and to give his life for a ransom for many" (Matthew 20:28). Nevertheless often the ones who have the power are tempted to turn it into an end in itself, as a means of cost samavzvelichennya others. It acts like a drug, without which they can not live, and they are ready for any offense to just hold her in my arms. And then the power turns into a dictatorship. Have many examples of this in history, from Herod to the present day.
Due to the tragic events the last days in Belarus, many Belarusians meets the Christmas holiday with anxiety in the heart. What awaits us in the future? May the newborn Christ give peace to all of us. May God give the heads of state of understanding that all power is of God, and therefore carries with it the duty to act in accordance with God's laws, otherwise they will lose the right to control others. And for all of us to let the words of our Savior will comfort:
"Come to me, all tired out and burdened, and I will give you rest, take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart — and you will find rest for your souls" (Matthew 11: 28-29).
Christmas 2010 in. Alexander Knudson