This Christmas and New Year – the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Savior of the world, is an opportunity for sober reflection and prayer of all us for artisans of peace and reconciliation that could reinvent Nigeria, to arise in the nation’s leadership scene. Christmas is Christians’ celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ on earth, the Prince of Peace and savior of the world. Peace is that message the Angel brought to peasant shepherds and villagers of Bethlehem, when he announced to them the great tiding, singing with the chorus of heaven, heralding the birth of Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Savior of humanity and the entire created universe, in the following words:
“Do not be afraid. Look, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by the whole people: Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord… And at once with the angel there was a throng of the hosts of heaven, praising God with the words: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth PEACE for those he favors.” (Luke 2:10-14).
As we link the message of peace of Christ at Christmas with Nigerian situation, our candid prayer is that the peace of the Infant Jesus may reign in our hearts and nation, help us reorder our lives and nation for promotion of love of God and one another, all the days of our lives. May the peace, which only Christ can give, reecho in a special way in the heart and soul of every Nigerian at this Christmas and all through the New Year! Amen.
Our interest in this Christmas reflection as introduction above has shown, is the longing for peace, healing and reconciliation in our increasingly violent, divided and conflict ridden Nigerian nation. Moreover, in the face of much personal and social brokenness in Nigeria today, we see the message of peace of the Child Jesus, born at Bethlehem in the manger, as one that promises an end to hostility and hatred that have been reigning in the country all these years, and especially, in recent times…