What does “Christmas” mean in the deepest most all-embracing sense of the word? The “mysterious extraordinary message that God loves us, one by one and all together”. A thought from Chiara Lubich.
how often have we celebrated you
with pure joy and unmatched ardour!
but you find our hearts so frozen by the coldness of this world,
that you cannot touch them as you would
with your mysterious extraordinary message:
GOD LOVES US
one by one and all together.
This Love wrapped us round
so completely that
the Blessed Trinity resolved to send among us
the Son of God made man,
so our brief sojourn on this earth
could be illuminated from now on
by the Light that does not fade,
and the absurdity of death in this life
be transformed into a simple passing
into life more full and eternal!
We hope this year at least,
that You, Christmas, may say to our hearts
all you wish to say
and find us ready, here and now
to hear your voice.
Città Nuova, 19 (1975), n.24, p.33