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Friday, December 25, 2015

A deeper question arises before this Holy Family

Adoration of the Shepherds Luke 2:16-20
Adoration of the Shepherds Luke 2:16-20 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Une Minute avec Marie
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December 25 – The Nativity

A deeper question arises before this Holy Family


Once again the Nativity of the Lord illuminates the gloom that often envelops our world and our hearts and with its light brings hope and joy. Where does this light come from? From the Bethlehem Grotto where the shepherds found “Mary and Joseph, and the babe, lying in a manger.”

Another, deeper question arises before this Holy Family: How can that tiny, frail Child have brought into the world a newness so radical that it changed the course of history? Is there not perhaps something mysterious about his origins which goes beyond that grotto?

The question of Jesus’ origins recurs over and over again. It is the same question that the Procurator Pontius Pilate asked during the trial: “Where are you from?” Yet his origins were quite clear. In John’s Gospel when the Lord says: “I am the bread which came down from heaven; …I have not come of my own accord; he who sent me is true, and him you do not know.”

Pope Benedict XVI
General Audience of January 2, 2013