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Prayer & Reflection

Entries for December 2016

"Christmas is the encounter with Jesus. God has always sought out his people, led them, looked after them and promised to be always be close to them... Christmas is God’s meeting with his people. It is also a consolation, a mystery of consolation... 


Christmas speaks of tenderness and hope. When God meets us he tells us two things. The first thing he says is: have hope. God always opens doors, he never closes them. He is the father who opens doors for us. The second thing he says is: don’t be afraid of tenderness. When Christians forget about hope and tenderness they become a cold Church, that loses its sense of direction and is held back by ideologies and worldly attitudes, whereas God’s simplicity tells you: go forward, I am a Father who caresses you...

 

This is why Christmas gives us so much joy. We don’t feel alone any more; God has come down to be with us...

 

God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it. All of us from the holiest of saints to the greatest of sinners; from the purest to the most corrupt among us... Do we want to receive Him or do we prefer other gifts?... 

 

In a world afflicted by war, this Christmas makes me think of God’s patience. The Bible clearly shows that God’s main virtue is that He is love. He waits for us; he never tires of waiting for us. He gives us the gift and then waits for us. This happens in the life of each and every one of us. There are those who ignore him. But God is patient and the peace and serenity of Christmas Eve is a reflection of God’s patience toward us...

 

May the hope and tenderness of the Christmas of the Lord shake off our indifference..."

 

From an interview given by Pope Francis in December 2013 to Andrea Tornielli, of La Stampa (published 14th December 2013)