As the Christian people of Sri Lanka mark the day on which the Lord Jesus Christ was born, we are reminded of the values of Christmas – humility, family togetherness, fellow feeling with one’s neighbours, the resolution of misunderstandings and enmities. All Christian Churches have sought to emphasise prayer and reflection on Christmas day rather than the celebratory aspect – a wish we should all respect.
The Lord Jesus Christ had a universal message for mankind. All human beings are in their folly, quick to judge others without noticing their own errors. Lord Jesus Christ said in the Sermon on the Mount “Judge not, that you be not judged.For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” This message of Jesus Christ has a special relevance today when people are blinded by their own arrogance and self-righteousness.
I convey my warmest greetings to the Christian people of Sri Lanka marking this holiest and most significant of days and wish everyone a peaceful and happy Christmas.
Former President of Sri Lanka