Chief Justice Gesmundo: Christmas is a Time for Contemplation

December 10, 2021

Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo today spoke about the true meaning of Christmas and said that even with the restrictions amidst the ongoing pandemic, “we should not allow the simplicity of the celebration to dampen our spirits, for as much as an occasion to rejoice, Christmas is a time for contemplation–a time to contemplate on God’s love, a love that impelled Him to give us the greatest gift of all, His son Jesus Christ.”

For the safety of the Justices, Court officials, and employees, the Supreme Court held its Christmas celebration virtually. Themed “A Toast to a Peaceful Christmas & a New Year Full of Hope: Sana All,” this year’s celebration kicked off with a thanksgiving mass. Monitors were set up in different areas of the SC compound where employees can watch, while others joined via the videoconferencing platform Zoom.

The Chief Justice also expressed his gratitude to the officials and employees for “working so hard with dedication and loyalty so that our Court will not cease operating, and we should continue providing what our people and country deserves.”

In closing, he underscored that “the Constitutional duties and responsibilities bestowed upon the Judiciary….rest evenly on the shoulders of everyone in the institution, with each bearing and sharing its weight, in order to enable the Judiciary to weather the tides of change, uncertainty, and even triumph.”

A community pantry sponsored by the Chief Justice and the Associate Justices was also held on Thursday, December 9, 2021, where employees received vegetables for free. The short program also included activities such as a raffle and an online chorale challenge. (Courtesy of the SC Public Information Office)