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Christmas, a Free and Precious Gift
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In every Christmas that we celebrate, Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, is born for us. He comes to join us in our daily lives, to illuminate them and give them fullness of meaning. The nativity scenes that we love so much represent the Savior’s birth: Jesus was born on the edge of a small town, and would come to share the everyday lives of the people, their hardship, marginalization and difficulties.

Only an attentive and unprejudiced gaze can recognize the Savior in the child in the manger at Bethlehem. This was the gaze of Mary and Joseph and then that of the shepherds and the Magi. It is up to us to sustain this gaze, recognizing and welcoming the incarnate Son of God and offering him a place at the center of our lives, that is, by “opening wide the doors” to the very One to whom the doors were closed when He was about to come into the world!

Let us then visit Bethlehem. Let us turn our silent gaze toward the child laid in the manger; and let us adore in a devout spirit the Son of God who becomes our brother and who, as the only Son, shares the Father with us. This is the precious and free gift to be welcomed and celebrated at Christmas.
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