Christmas is more than ‘a beautiful memory’: Francis

Vatican City: Christmas “is not only a temporal recurrence or a beautiful memory”, but a “journey” to “meet the Lord” and what’s more to “letting Him meet us” in which “he makes us new again”.Our preparation for Christmas was the topic of Pope Francis’ homily at Mass in Casa Santa Marta , Vatican Radio reports.

But what is important is allowing ourselves to be open to an encounter with the Lord.” “When we go to meet the Lord, we are – let’s face it – the masters of this meeting , but when we let Him encounter us, it is He who enters us, it is He who makes us new again, because this is the coming, this is what the coming of Christ means”.

The Pope recalled that in the season of Advent, “we begin a new journey “, a “journey of the Church … towards Christmas”. We go to meet the Lord”, because Christmas – he explained – is not only a temporal recurrence or a memory of something beautiful”.

“Christmas is more: we travel this road to meet the Lord . Christmas is an encounter! And we walk to meet him: with our heart, with life ; to meet him alive, as He is ; meet Him with faith . It is not easy to live with faith. In the words we have just heard, the Lord was amazed at this centurion: he marveled at the faith that he had. He had made ​​a journey to meet the Lord, but he did so with faith. For this reason, he not only met the Lord, but felt the joy of being met by the Lord. And this is precisely the encounter that we want: the encounter of faith”.

But what is important is allowing ourselves to be open to an encounter with the Lord. “When we go to meet the Lord, we are – let’s face it – the masters of this meeting , but when we let Him encounter us, it is He who enters us, it is He who makes us new again, because this is the coming, this is what the coming of Christ means: making all things new again – the heart, soul, hope and journey”.

The Pope concluded, “some attitudes can help us on this journey towards Christmas: perseverance in prayer, praying more , the labour of fraternal charity, being a little closer to those in need , and joy in praise of the Lord”. Thus “praye , charity and praise, with an open heart ” so the Lord can encounter us.”

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