Christmas 2000

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Dear Friends of Zababdeh,

We are at the end of Jubilee 2000 and at the door of the third millenium
celebrating the birth of Christ in Bethlehem.  This Christmas has
special meaning for those of us who live in this land that has been so
disturbed this year.  In Christmas, God expressed his solidarity with
humanity so that humanity would have solidarity, one with another.  The
solidarity of God with humanity was proclaimed by Isaiah's prophecy: God
sent his Son to the world "to preach good news to the poor, proclaim
release to the captives, recovery of sight for the blind, to let the
oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

In this Spirit of solidarity we join you, friends, brothers and sisters in
Christ, praying together that we would realize the year of the Lord's
favor in the world and in the Holy Land in particular.

The Holy Land, in fact, is going through a difficult time.  If you see
how the Christians in Zababdeh will celebrate Christmas, you will
understand the world in which we are living and how much we need that
this year of the Lord's favor be realized.

We celebrate Christmas with our sad and anxious mothers.  They are sad, because their babies don't
have enough milk.  They are anxious because they don't know if their son
arrived home safe and sound in the evening (considering that we have had
300 killed and 10,000 injured).
We celebrate Christmas with our"captive" fathers.  As the roads are blocked, they are unable to get to
their jobs.
 We celebrate Christmas with our "oppressed" young - either
from an economic or psychological point of view - as some of them have
had to leave university, unable to afford the tuition anymore.
We celebrate Christmas in our land without liberty or peace.

We, as a parish, through your generosity, could ameliorate their
sufferings according to our limits - to distribute milk to babies, food
to families, scholarships to students, and to find work opportunities.
I beg you, in the name of the Christians of Zababdeh, to pray with us in
order that God our Father would give health to our poor children, joy to
our sad mothers, work to our "captive" fathers, liberation to our
oppressed youth, and liberty and peace to our land.

Once again, I thank you for your friendship, your solidarity, and your
generosity.  We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2001,
full of grace and truth with Jesus Christ our Savior.

Fr. Dr. Louis Hazboun
fax #: 972.6.251.1025