Seeing Past the Glitter…Encountering Christ at Christmas
Not being catholic, I seldom read what the Pope has to say. But this year I actually read his Christmas eve sermon. I was touched by his story of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. I have posted it here. I hope my protestant friends can read it.
“Today, anyone wishing to enter the Church of Jesus’ Nativity in Bethlehem will find that the doorway five and a half meters high, through which emperors and caliphs used to enter the building, is now largely walled up. Only a low opening of one and a half meters has remained. The intention was probably to provide the church with better protection from attack, but above all to prevent people from entering God’s house on horseback. Anyone wishing to enter the place of Jesus’ birth has to bend down. It seems to me that a deeper truth is revealed here, which should touch our hearts on this holy night: if we want to find the God who appeared as a child, then we must dismount from the high horse of our “enlightened” reason. We must set aside our false certainties, our intellectual pride, which prevents us from recognizing God’s closeness. We must follow the interior path of Saint Francis the path leading to that ultimate outward and inward simplicity which enables the heart to see. We must bend down, spiritually we must as it were go on foot, in order to pass through the portal of faith and encounter the God who is so different from our prejudices and opinions the God who conceals himself in the humility of a newborn baby. In this spirit let us celebrate the liturgy of the holy night, let us strip away our fixation on what is material, on what can be measured and grasped. Let us allow ourselves to be made simple by the God who reveals himself to the simple of heart.”
Read the entire text of the Pope’s Message here.
Posted on December 25, 2011, in Christianity and tagged Bethlehem, catholic, christianity, christmas, church of the Nativity, El cristianismo, entertainment, faith, family, inspiration, Jeus Kristus, Life, news, Pope. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.
Pastor AJ, my pastor, has been there. He said when they went you couldn’t just visit Bethlehem. They had to be snuck into the city. They saw the place where it is thought Jesus was born. He told us just being in Israel and Jerusalem is very humbling. To be where our Lord and Savior lived and walked he said was awesome
Hi Louise! Merry Christmas! Say Hi to Bill for me and give him a big hug.
I plan to visit Israel for the first time in 2014, God willing.