Preaching in Bethlehem on Christmas night, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa said that “at Christmas, first of all, the Gate of God is opened, from which comes the Son, Emmanuel, God-with-us.”
“The door is opened, our freedom is invited,” the apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem continued.
Christmas, he said, “tells of a joy and a peace that come if we will
have the good will to open doors; if we will share the good will of God
which opens instead of closing, gives instead of taking, forgives
instead of avenging oneself. We can move from the ideology of the enemy
to the logic of brotherhood, moved by a God who had faith in man even
before we trusted in him.”