Jesus shows us the way to be close

Christmas teaches us that God did not look down upon us and pass by but fully assumed our nature and the human condition, except sin. This event gives meaning to human existence and the whole of history and can remove the pessimism generated by the pandemic.

Dec 24, 2020

Christmas teaches us that God did not look down upon us and pass by but fully assumed our nature and the human condition, except sin. This event gives meaning to human existence and the whole of history and can remove the pessimism generated by the pandemic.

The birth of Jesus has become a universal feast and has a charm about it even among people of other faiths. For Christians, it is a “decisive event, an eternal fire that God has kindled in the world, and must not be confused with ephemeral things”.

Christians are to make the celebration of the birth of Jesus rich in faith. Christmas is not merely a sentimental or consumerist event.

Last Sunday, Pope Francis drew our attention to this problem, pointing out that consumerism has “hijacked” Christmas. “It is necessary to curb a certain worldly mentality, incapable of grasping the incandescent core of our faith,” namely that God became man and dwelt among us.

This fact invites us to reflect on two things. On the one hand, there is the drama of history, in which men and women, wounded by sin, ceaselessly search for truth, mercy and redemption.

On the other, there is the goodness of God, who has come towards us to communicate to us the Truth that saves and to make us sharers in His friendship and His life, which is pure grace, not something we merit.

Christmas’s simplicity and humanity can remove from our hearts and minds the pessimism that has spread today because of the pandemic. We rediscover and become aware that the poor and humble Child, hidden and helpless, is God Himself, come to us. Thus, we cannot allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by defeats, failures and a sense of disquieting bewilderment.

The event of the birth of Jesus shows us that ‘God did not look down on us, did not pass us by, was not repulsed by our misery, did not clothe Himself superficially in a body. Rather, He fully assumed our nature and our human condition... He left nothing out except sin: all humanity is in Him. He took all that we are, just as we are.’ This is essential to understanding the Christian faith. The humanity of Jesus is God’s Love for us. Christmas is the feast of Love incarnate where Jesus Christ is the light for humankind shining in the darkness, giving meaning to human existence and the whole of history.

The Holy Father urges all Christians to prepare for Christmas by meditating a little in silence before the crib in the spirit of St Francis of Assisi, allowing ourselves to wonder at the “marvellous” way God wanted to come into the world to be reborn in us. This, he said, will revive tenderness in us.

The Pope recalled meeting some scientists recently who talked about many things a robot can do for us. When asked about something that a robot will never be able to do, they suggested several things, but in the end, agreed that a robot could never give tenderness.

This is what God brings to us today — a wonderful way in which God came into the world, and this revives us to human tenderness that is close to God’s tenderness.” Today we are in much need of tenderness, compassion and human caresses, especially when faced with so much misery.

“If the COVID pandemic has forced us to be more distant,” Pope Francis said, “Jesus, in the crib, shows us the way of tenderness to be close to each other, to be human.” –– ICN

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