In his Christmas message, Pope Francis, reminds us all once again to look to the transcendent love of Jesus Christ. “The power of this Child, Son of God and Son of Mary, is not the power of this world, based on might and wealth; it is the power of love.”
The traditional ‘Urbi et Orbi’ (meaning to the city and the world) was delivered by the Pope on December 25 to over 40,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City.
The power of Jesus and his love give life to the world and all of God’s creation, says the Pope. Importantly, during this season of giving, it extends to all those who wish to find it, “it is the power which gives new birth, pardons faults, reconciles enemies, and transforms evil into good.”
It is for this reason that the Pope wishes for the world to look to the infant Jesus as a symbol of peace. He sends his message to nations, men and women, and children, who are suffering and in the midst of chaos brought about by man’s “greed and the idolatry of money.”
“Peace – not merely the word, but a real and concrete peace,” says the Pope. “Today this message goes out to the ends of the earth to reach all peoples, especially those scarred by war and harsh conflicts that seem stronger than the yearning for peace.”
He gives mention to places of unrest such as Syria, Nigeria and Venezuela. “Peace to all who, in different areas, are enduring sufferings due to constant dangers and persistent injustice.”
He also wishes peace to each and every one. “Peace to the children, on this special day on which God became a child…” he said. “Peace on earth to men and women of goodwill, who work quietly and patiently each day, in their families and in society, to build a more humane and just world…”
He then gave his blessing and addressed the people gathered before him and everyone listening in all corners of the world.
“On this day of joy, we are all called to contemplate the Child Jesus, who gives hope once again to every person on the face of the earth. By his grace, let us with our voices and our actions give witness to solidarity and peace. Merry Christmas to all!” he ends.
Read the Pope's Christmas message in full here.
Here are a few more of the Pope's words to remember in times of darkness. May these provide guidance to a new year filled with love and joy.
“Hope is the 'fuel' for Christian life and helps us go forward every day.”
“Faith is the golden thread which binds us to the Lord, the pure joy of being with him, united to him; it is a gift that lasts our whole life, but bears fruit only if we play our part.”
“A reassuring word, an embrace that makes us feel understood, a caress that makes us experience love… all these things express God’s closeness through the consolation offered by our brothers and sisters.”