Group Title: Official newsletter of the Antigua and Barbuda High Commission
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Title: Official newsletter
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Language: English
Publisher: Antigua and Barbuda High Commission
Place of Publication: London, England
Publication Date: December 2010
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High Commissioner's Christmas Message
December 2010


The cold spells of the last week
shocked us all into the realisation
that the Christmas Season is once
again here with us. Sadly the news
of the deaths of several citizens
reminds us of the hazards of winter
and the loneliness faced by many of
the homeless and elderly, who
sometimes live alone.
The presence of the cold winds of
winter also reminds us of the period
of Advent; that special time leading
up to Christmas when we recall and
celebrate the coming of the Mes-
siah Jesus Christ into this world.
Our Saviour took on the form of a
fellow human, lived among us and
was in every way tempted like we
are. He experienced the grief of
losing a close friend; he enjoyed the
fellowship of mutual friends at
meal time and special occasions
and yet was betrayed as a result of
the frailty of human nature.
He endured all this and never lost
faith in the Father from whom all
blessings flow and from whom he
received his instructions. Some-
times we should ask in prayer for


the faith resembling the proverbial grain
of mustard seed; faith that remove
"mountains" and cast them away into
the sea.
The world we live in is like a true obsta-
cle course. Some of these we can navi-
gate on our own and others we need
divine inspirations. We recall the elation
of the families of the 33 miners in Chile
who were dramatically rescued after a
record 69 days underground. Regrettably
this joy was counter-balanced by the sad
news in November of the 29 miners who
never made it out their underground
cavern following the second of two ex-
plosions in the mine in New Zealand.
Yes, there is joy and sadness in life and
sometimes we ask the question "why
me", when faced by the trials which
come our way.
The unfortunate plight of our Caribbean
brothers and sisters in Haiti remind us
that even when we are down, we are
never too far from the obstacle course of
life. Twice in one year was Grenada hit
by power force of nature in the form of
hurricanes. The earthquake in Haiti was
followed by the threats of hurricane and
ravages of the disease of cholera from
which many are still dying.
Why all this bad news? In answering
this question let me point you, my read-
ers in the direction of the Holy Bible. In
John 9: 1-18 we have the story of Jesus
healing a man who was blind from birth.
Intriguingly the disciples enquired
"Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his
parents, that he was born blind?"

The response that Jesus gave is quite
helpful in increasing our faith in times of
trouble. "Jesus answered, "Neither this
man nor his parents sinned, but that
the works of God should be revealed
in him." For me the response indicates


that there is a lesson to be learned and a call to
action for everyone that is all of us. We should
take these words to heart in extending to those
who suffer in the world around us the true spirit
of Christmas each day of the year. We have
pledged so much [billions to be exact]; let us en-
sure that those pledges turn into tangible benefits
for the recipients. Let us use the obstacles and
natural disasters of the world to show our Chris-
tian faith by works and deeds of kindness. Let us
make this Christmas a period of spiritual and
physical upliftment to the needy around us in our
communities.


Finally, I take this opportunity on behalf of my
family, the staff of the High Commission, the
Government of Antigua and Barbuda and of my
own behalf, to wish all the readers of this publica-
tion Seasons Greetings. May the Season of Christ-
mas and the expectations of the New Year bring
joy to our hearts. May the God, we serve, bless
and protect each and everyone of us now and
throughout the New Year (2011).










Merry Christmas




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