"When Jesus Christ was born from Virgin Mary, from that time
on He lived an exemplary life, a life which men everywhere must
emulate. This Life and the Faith that He taught us assures us of
salvation, assures us also of harmony and a good life upon Earth.
Because of the exemplary character of the life of Jesus Christ it
is necessary that all men do their maximum in their human efforts
to see to it that they approximate as much as they can the good
example that has been set by Him.
"It is quite true that there is no perfection in humanity.
From time to time we make mistakes, we do commit sins but even as
we do that, deep in our hearts as Christians we know we have
forgiveness from the Almighty. He taught us that all who seek Him
shall find Him. To live in this healthy life, a Christian life,
is what makes me follow Jesus Christ.
"For Christian people no day is as glorious and as joyous as
the day on which they commemorate the Nativity of Our Saviour
Jesus Christ. On this day each one of us tries to forget his
worries and his anxieties and endeavours to alleviate those of
his loved ones and friends, and to forgive those who have wronged
him, so as only to meditate on the life of Him who is Supreme
Lord of All.
"From Our early childhood We are struck by the sentiments of
unfathomable mystery, simple and yet sublime, which stirs up in
us the evocation of the Birth of the Divine Child.
"The Mystery of Bethlehem reveals itself in our spirits,
more fascinating the more we advance on the path of life, and the
more we realise the magnitude of the mission each one of us has
to accomplish in this world, be it humble or noble, arduous or
"An unheard of event, expected for more than forty centuries
has at last been accomplished: the Son of God is born, He has
only a stable for His palace and a manger for a cradle. The
hearts of the wise are thrilled by this majestic humility, and
the kings of the Earth bend their knees before Him and worship
" 'Peace on Earth, goodwill to men,' - this was His first
message. In the same manner when He went to the summit of Calvary,
there to expiate our sins with the supreme sacrifice, He gave up
His last breath invoking forgiveness for His very tormentors: 'Father
forgive them, for they know not what they do.'
"In pondering over the life, the goodness, humanity and
sacrifice of the Saviour of the World, in looking at the laws
which He gave us, how much should we be ashamed to call ourselves
Christian people, and yet not to follow His footsteps. Had we
been Christian people, had we been worthy of the name, peace
would have reigned on all the face of the Earth, and we would
have risen to the level of the immortal angels who always glorify
the Eternal God, and the peoples of the world would no longer
have remained divided into hostile camps.
"In very truth there are no interest or reasons, however
legitimate they may be, that can justify war."
Information about the celebration of Ithiopian Christmas
give thanks to the Rastafari
Youth Initiative Council for the photo