Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, after the long wait and expectation during the Advent season, today finally we come to the great celebration and joy that is Christmas, celebrating together as the whole Church, the occasion of the birth or the nativity, of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world and all of us. Today marks the day when more than two thousand years ago, our Saviour was born in a stable just outside the small town of Bethlehem, as prophesied throughout the Scriptures.
Today, we are called to return to the true roots of our Christmas joy and celebration, that is by putting Christ once again in the center of all of our merrymaking, celebrations and joy. We are called to remember the love by which we have been generously given by God, our loving Father and Creator. Then, we are also called to show the same love in our actions and interactions with those who are around us.
The true joy of our Christmas should be shared with those who have little or no opportunity to be joyful in this blessed time of Christmas. We should be sensitive to their plight, and be moved to help them just as the Lord had shown the same love and compassion towards us. And that is how we appreciate and live the true joy of Christmas, not the excesses and selfish desire to satisfy our own ego and pride and greed, but in the sharing of our joys and blessings.
We must walk this earth with our gaze fixed on Christ and our hope lifted to heaven. We must live in the light of Christmas, which is faith. We must act in the warmth of Christmas, which is love. We must rejoice in the radiance of Christmas, which is purity. We must walk in the brightness of Christmas, which is truth. We must focus our minds on the heart of Christmas, which is Christ. That is the way to live according to the sense and purpose of Christmas.
Jesus is counting on us. We are among those who believe in him because of the Apostles. And he is counting on us to make known his love to others. Jesus gave us his love and his Gospel. He is counting on us to live the good news and to transmit it to others to all people. When we do that, we shall be spreading the message, the beauty, the joy, and the benefit of Christmas to our fellow humans around us.
Today, let us open our hearts and minds, with a renewed faith and love, day after day, from now on, that we will no longer close ourselves from God Who is willing to enter into our lives. Let us all turn towards Him filled with a newfound love for Him, and devote ourselves wholeheartedly to the Lord. May the Lord, Who was born into our midst more than two thousand years ago, in the town of Bethlehem, because of His great love for us, continue to love us all, and that we may also love Him in the same manner, from now on. May God bless us all.