To you dear friend, and to all of your loved ones, I extend my prayers and very best wishes for the Christmas feast. I hope that on this day and throughout the Christmas season, the love of the Lord Jesus will rest deep in your heart.
This holy day is one that has consoled and challenged believers of all ages in every age. There is something powerfully attractive in the child whom we accept in faith as the Word made flesh, Emmanuel, God dwelling among us.
For some, the deep attraction may be that the babe opens for us the possibility of relating to a majestic and all-powerful God as our papa, our daddy.
For others, the draw may be what the Incarnation says about the immense dignity and worth of every person, and about the bonds we have with all other children of the One whom we dare to call Papa.
However you may be drawn to it, I hope that you will find time in these busy days to contemplate the great mystery of God’s saving love fully available to us in this vulnerable child.
That experience of prayer will help you to relax and be more yourself before God. And I am confident that this kind of quiet prayer will leave you much less fearful of your own vulnerability.
The challenge is that there is no way in which we can come closer to God’s love made flesh without wanting to imitate what we see. That’s never easy, because it always calls us to see reality in new ways and, sometimes, to change the way in which we live.
I hope that we are all graced by both the consolation and the challenge of this great feast.
Peace to all.