In a toxic atmosphere of various phobias, one in which all too often our perspectives are narrowed by self interest and self reference, there are two messages this holiday season which should be heard. One elderly man and one elderly woman both have something very modern to say.
“Despite being displaced and persecuted throughout his short life, Christ’s unchanging message was not one of revenge or violence but simply that we should love one another. Although it is not an easy message to follow, we shouldn’t be discouraged; rather, it inspires us to try harder: to be thankful for the people who bring love and happiness into our own lives, and to look for ways of spreading that love to others, whenever and wherever we can.” [Queen Elizabeth II Christmas Message 2015]
Today, then, let us together rejoice in the day of our salvation. As we contemplate the Crib, let us gaze on the open arms of Jesus, which show us the merciful embrace of God, as we hear the cries of the Child who whispers to us: “for my brethren and companions’ sake, I will say: Peace be within you” [Pope Francis December 25, 2015]
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year