Dear brothers and sisters, Jesuits, companions in the
dear members of the Ignatian family
Christmas offers us the opportunity to find meaning in
the difficulties that the whole of humanity has experienced during this
seemingly endless year of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic comes first to mind, but
it cannot make us forget the consequences of wars or the various faces of
violence. Nor can it make us forget the inequalities that leave millions of
children without food, without school, or expel millions of people from their
homes to migrate in search of a better life.
Christmas does not hide the difficulties but allows us
to see them with new eyes and to awaken our sensitivity to the abundant
testimonies of life that arise in the midst of the storm. As we contemplate the
child Jesus, God incarnate, born on the periphery of the world, our eyes are
opened to the greatness of small events and we hear the invitation to follow
the path undertaken by Mary, Joseph and Jesus. An invitation to become artisans
of the new world. Artisans of brotherhood and peace.
The birth of a child is, in all cultures and at all
times, a source of happiness for those who receive it as a gift of life, even
in the midst of the tensions created by disease, natural disasters, injustice
or poverty in every age of humanity. With the newborns there is a renewal of
Hope and the desire to build a better future than the present.
The birth of
Jesus seals the commitment of love between God and humanity. The birth of the
child-God, celebrated year after year, keeps our hearts open to the possibility
of "seeing all things new" because we make our own the gaze of Jesus
on every person, people and culture.
May Joseph and
Mary be our teachers and guides in meeting Jesus. May Joseph and Mary help us
to see reality from their experience of the God who manifests Himself in an
unsuspected way because for Him nothing is impossible.
May Christmas draw the gaze of each one of you to the
wonder of God incarnate in the beauty of a child born to free human history
from selfishness and oppression. May it
open our eyes to see God Incarnate everywhere, in the heart of the world, and
may it also invite us to raise our eyes to heaven in thanksgiving for the
Incarnation, the presence of the Emmanuel, God among us.
May Joseph and Mary be with you!
May the good Lord fill you with His blessings!