Dear brothers and sisters, Fiat!
On the night of Christmas the world’s darkness was pierced by a beam of light that assembled the shepherds who watched over their flocks. In the sky without stars, the angels showed the origin of the light that indicated a perspective and a hope to those men heartbroken by darkness. The Gospel tells us that the shepherds, at the sight of that light and of the angel were filled with great fear, because one gets used to the dark and ends up loving it. We too are often used to a way of living in the dark, where the other’s face is unrecognizable and makes each person a shadow from which we must defend ourselves and of which we must be wary. It is the normal condition of the world today, where everyone is away from his own brother and sister, divided by mountains of hostility and valleys of fears.
Moreover, even in the dark each of us finds a way to get some light: some passing satisfaction, the fervor for a moment of success, the prospect of a little bit of wealth. But, John tells us that on that night “The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world”. Yes, we do not need a passing flash that illuminates and then vanishes, but we need the true light that does not disappear and turn off. It’s the Lord Jesus who was born, and His Word remains among us and is born every time it is proclaimed and announced and brings light and warmth that dispels the darkness and warm our hearting permanently
So, the birth of Jesus puts us before the need to choose: either to go towards Him, like the shepherds, without fearing that the light of His Word might enlighten our life, or to stay at home and remain in the background of a life all based on ourselves. John says: ” He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him”. It is not obvious to accept that at Christmas also for me a question arises, a new word that asks me to look at the world with new eyes and to work so that it can be better. We have a thousand ways to justify our refusal, at Christmas we are very busy because of many tasks, we are taken with gifts and focused on the traditions to be respected, and woe betide us if we shift our attention to something new that asks us to be reborn…
But today, Christmas, the light brightens the horizon in which we can look with new eyes, the eyes of a child.
Yes, God chose to be born as a baby, but it’s even more amazing that when He grew up, He always showed Himself with the humble and meek nature of the child and of the servant. He was never arrogant and violent, but ingenuously ready to trust his brother and to help those in need, just like a child.
The Lord Jesus took as His way of being the child’s humanity to be a sign of contradiction. Yes because our world is made up of people with an ageing humanity because they no longer believe in the possibility of changing the world and in the novelty of the Gospel that asks us a different way of being. Our world is also made up of arrogant adults, who consider their physical, economic strength and their social dominant role the armor with which they hide their fear.
Jesus comes to bring salvation to men and women of our time. This salvation consists in allowing oneself to be touched by the childhood humanity of God. It is confident, trusts, naive, generous, willing to take the first step, without malice or resignation. It is open to the unpredictable future that is before those who risk to love your neighbor.
This is what Jesus asked His disciples when they showed Him a child who was there with them, He said, ” unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Mt 18,2)
Before the cradle of the infant Jesus, therefore, let us ask if it’s worth living in the dark, or rather, here and now, allowing ourselves to be covered by the light of the Gospel and accepting to look at ourselves and the world through the eyes of the baby Jesus
The evangelist John says in this regard: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”Yes, paradoxically, we can become children of that Child, of His childlike innocence that trusts in a better and more human future to build with others,
The Sun of Justice which centuries have awaited and that enlightens our dark humanity is shining in that manger that becomes the cradle for Jesus in Bethlehem.
On Christmas Day 1932, Jesus told Luisa that when the Son of God was born, He found Himself in the condition of the sun, that whether they want, or don’t want, all created things, all the Creation and all creatures must receive its light, its heat, from the heights where it descends with His empire of light and with His supremacy that it possesses over everyone and over everything it seems that the sun says with his muteness but stronger than if he might speak: ‘whether you receive me with love or I invest you with the rights that I possess to give you light and if you don’t want to receive me I will surround you from all sides in a way that you can’ escape from my light and I will have the great glory that I have given my light to everyone.’
The sun is symbol of Jesus’ birth that also is reborn in all days for everything and for each and He is not only reborn in a universal way but He makes an invasion while He is reborn, He is not only reborn in the heart but He invades the mind with His thoughts, the eyes with His tears, the voice with His whimpers, in a way that He makes the universal invasion of all creatures, He takes her from all sides so that she can not escape Him,
If they receive Jesus with love, His life is not only born in them, but it grows in a surprising way, if then they don’t receive Him with love, He is reborn in them with the rights of God that He possesses, but He doesn’t grow in them, He remains tiny and He remains only to reserve waiting that who knows with His whimpers and tears they are induced to love Him and if He doesn’t succeed with this His life changes for them into justice.
And how it tears Jesus’ little heart to pieces, to see His birth all love, changed into justice for poor creatures. Hence since Jesus is already born in us, let’s give Him the good to make Him grow thus we will change His tears and His whimpers into joys.”
“My daughter, love me, love me,
I am born in order to love and to be loved,
and in order to do it as God my birth is universal,
I would not have done as God
if I might not had been reborn in a universal way,
in a way that everyone can say with facts
the Celestial Infant was born for me, he is mine
and it is so very true that I already possess Him”.
(Jesus to Luisa)