για Ελληνικά πατήστε εδώ
The centre and the horizon of all
Christmas is the feast which reminds us of the quiet and unobtrusive way God entered our world, freely willing to become one of us.
The mystery of Incarnation cannot be ever explained, but through the unfathomed love of God who wishes from all eternity to intimately relate to each one of us.
Creating us in His image, i.e. with the capacity to love, to know and to, freely, choose, God infinitely respects our choices.
We are created free, hence responsible for the ways we live our life, for the relationships we form and for the decisions we take.
It is up to us to establish good and fruitful relations with the land and all that lives in it, within our family and community, in our society and with ourselves.
Yet, the above do not suffice for a fulfilling life without the most important thing of all: a vital relationship with the well-spring of our very existence!
Man needs God and in the light of faith is able to lead a meaningful and useful life.
The Incarnation of the Son of God is the centre and the horizon of the created universe, the pivotal point of our world and the unique event which has forever marked everything that has come into existence, exists or will ever exist.
The Incarnation was possible because Mary said “yes” to God’s will. She was free to accept or to refuse.
The birth of Christ is light and joy, promise and hope, expectation and fulfillment, greatness and humility, silent eloquence and jubilant amazement, warmth and harmony, total abandonment to God’s will and indescribable love for our humanity. Indescribable love!
Build up each other
You must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of their ignorance that is in them due to hardening of their hearts.
Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
You, however, do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful to building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Eph. 4, 17-32)
Man, free to relate
The question on the human being: “What is man that you are mindful of him?” (Psalm 8: 5) resonates in the Bible from its very first pages, and has accompanied all the journey of Israel and of the Church.
To this question, the Bible itself offered an anthropological answer, which is already outlined in Genesis and runs through all of the Revelation, developing around the fundamental elements of relationship and freedom.
Science and technology have helped us further the boundaries of knowledge of nature and, in particular, of the human being. But they alone are not enough to provide all the answers.
Today, we increasingly realize that it is necessary to draw on the treasures of wisdom preserved in religious traditions, popular wisdom, literature and the arts, which touch the depths of the mystery of human existence, not forgetting, but rather rediscovering those contained in philosophy and in theology.
The centrality of the human person must be considered an end and not a means.
Scientific and technological progress serve the good of all humanity, and their benefits cannot be of advantage only to a few.
Not all that is technically possible or feasible is ethically acceptable.
for Greek click here