Christmas which "illuminates the darkness that often surrounds our world and our hearts and brings hope and joy" is the celebration of an "unsettling mystery": the Son of God became incarnate.
It "brings with it hope and joy to our hearts, because each
time it gifts us the certainty that, even though we often feel weak,
poor, unable to face the challenges and evil in the world, the power of
God always works and works wonders even in weakness. His grace is our
Benedict XVI reflected on the question that Pilate
asked Jesus: "where are you from?" before eight thousand people in the
Vatican in the first general audience of 2013.
"Of course, Jesus
is from Nazareth and born in Bethlehem, but where did he come from?". A
question that is bound to lead to another, before the light coming from
the cave: "How can the small and weak child have brought such radical
novelty to the world to change the course of history?".
answer is that "his true origin is the Father, he comes from him, but in
a very different way from that of any prophet sent by God or that have
preceded it." As the Gospels tells the angel Gabriel announces: "(Lk
1:35). We repeat these words every time we recite the Creed, the
profession of faith: "et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto, ex Maria Virgine,"
"by the power of the Holy Spirit he was born of the Virgin Mary". In
this sentence we bow our heads for the veil that hid God is, so to
speak, lifted and his unfathomable and inaccessible mystery touches us
directly: God becomes Emmanuel, "God with us".
in the Creed is not about the eternal being of God, but rather speaks of
an action which takes part in the three divine Persons and that is
realised "ex Maria Virgine". Without her, the entry of God into
human history would not have come to its end and that which is central
to our profession of faith, would not have taken place: God is a God
with us. Thus Mary belongs in an essential way to our faith in the God
who acts, who intervenes in history. She offers her whole person,
"agrees" to become the dwelling place of God".
in the journey and life of faith we can feel our poverty, our inadequacy
in the face of the witness to offer the world. But God chose a humble
woman, in an unknown village, in one of the most distant provinces of
the great Roman Empire. Always, even in the midst of the most difficult
problems to face, we must trust in God, renewing faith in His presence
and action in our history, like in that of Mary. Nothing is impossible
with God! With him, our lives always walk on solid ground and are open
to a future of firm hope".