A child is born to us! + Video
Christmas is truly a time to gaze in wonderment at Jesus, God’s gift to us!
“In the night of the world let us still be surprised and illumined by this act of God which is totally unexpected: God makes himself a Child.
We must let ourselves be overcome with wonder, illumined by the Star that flooded the universe with joy. May the Child Jesus, in coming to us, not find us unprepared, dedicated only to making exterior reality more beautiful.
A characteristic sign of this Christmas Season is the Nativity scene (…) The crib is an expression of our expectation that God is coming close to us, that Jesus comes close to us, but it is also an expression of thanksgiving for the One who decided to share in our human condition, in poverty and simplicity. (Excerpts from the General Audience of Benedict XVI – Christmas 2010)
“The grace which was revealed in our world is Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary, true man and true God. He has entered our history; he has shared our journey. He came to free us from darkness and to grant us light. In him was revealed the grace, the mercy, and the tender love of the Father: Jesus is Love incarnate. He is not simply a teacher of wisdom, he is not an ideal for which we strive while knowing that we are hopelessly distant from it. He is the meaning of life and history, who has pitched his tent in our midst.
On this night let us share the joy of the Gospel: God loves us, he so loves us that he gave us his Son to be our brother, to be light in our darkness. To us the Lord repeats: “Do not be afraid!” (Lk 2:10). As the angels said to the shepherds: “Do not be afraid!”. And I also repeat to all of you: Do not be afraid! Our Father is patient, he loves us, he gives us Jesus to guide us on the way which leads to the promised land. Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness. He is mercy: our Father always forgives us. He is our peace. Amen.” (Excerpts from the Homily of Pope Francis – Christmas 2013)
And we invite you, also, to visit the section Blessed Mary of the Passion – Her Writings (Click HERE), to read the Message of the General Minister of the OFM (Click HERE) and to watch and download the video “Let us contemplate Jesus, the Mercy of the Father”.
The gift of God’s Presence
God is not giving us a mere gift
When God gives of Himself,
When God comes to us
When He knocks at our door