“As every year, this Christmas we are celebrating the mystery of the Birth of Jesus, who came into this world in the simplicity and poverty of the Bethlehem cave.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was welcome over 2,000 years ago by Mary and Joseph and greeted by some simple shepherds, came into this world to bring people peace and absolution. We, Christians, just as the shepherds did then, are asked on this holiday of Christmas to listen to the voice of angels and open the home of our heart for God who s being born.
The loss of the authentic meaning of Christmas is even more obvious in our days: everything is focussed on what can be sold and bought, on gifts one can offer and receive. Our cities and homes are trimmed and flooded with light… I know that for many of you this Christmas will be adumbrated by adversities, indigence, loneliness or illness.
Many forget whom we really celebrate on Christmas: Jesus. It would be a shame to forget the godly Infant and not open up our heart and entire being to Him.
Opening the heart to Christ and letting Him in means, more than anything else, receiving His love, becoming capable of love as He loved us. It means accepting our weaknesses with humbleness, knowing that Christ welcomes us just as we are. It means recognising Him in our fellow human beings, in our neighbours, co-workers, in the people we encounter in our day to day lives, but most of all in the ones who are weak and whom no one else loves.
The mystery of Christmas requires us to recognise and welcome Jesus in our brothers, in His word sent down to us through the Scriptures and His Sacraments through which He is among us even today, especially in the Holy Eucharist that we receive with all our love.
May the Mystery of Christmas so remain and inhabit us, knowing it well that Jesus Christ s the biggest Gift we have ever received and the most priceless Gift that we can offer in our turn.
I wish all of you who celebrate the Birth of our Lord Jesus Christ a blessed Christmas and A Happy New Year from all my heart!”