The Child Jesus

The birth of Jesus is not a fable. It is a story that really happened, in Bethlehem, 2,000 years ago. Faith brings us to recognise in that little Child, born of the Virgin Mary, the true Son of God who, out of love, chose to become man.

In the face of the little Jesus, we contemplate the face of God, which is not revealed through force or power, but in weakness and the fragile constitution of a child. The wonder we feel before the enchantment of Christmas is reflected in a certain sense in the wonder aroused by every birth and invites us to recognise the Child Jesus in all children, who are the joy of the Church and the hope of the world. The newborn who comes into the world in Bethlehem is the same Jesus who walked on the roads of Galilee, and who gave his life for us on the cross; it is the same Jesus who resurrected and, after his ascension to heaven, continues to guide his Church with the strength of his Spirit. This is the beautiful and great truth of our Christian faith!

Give witness that Jesus does not take any of your joy away; rather, he makes you more human, truer, more beautiful.

• Pope Benedict XVl, Thursday, December 21, 2006



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