The Nativity of the Lord
“Do not be afraid! Our Father is patient, he loves us, he gives us Jesus to guide us on the way which leads to the promised land. Jesus is the light who brightens the darkness. He is our peace.” 
Jesus Christ, Our Lord, is born. We have prepared for this day and in glorious acclaim we join the celestial choir of angels who sing, “Glory to God in the highest heavens and peace on earth to people of good will”(Luke 2:14). Church Fathers comment that this angelic song, heard by shepherds on the night of Christ’s birth, unveils God’s personality in a new way. For before, God was known in splendor, in the radiant beauty of the cosmos and in the divine workings of creation. But now, at the onset of Christ’s birth in a manger, He makes Himself known as a child. A little baby, tender and in need of love, ushers in a new and special relationship with the Creator. 
Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD
 Pope Francis, Homily, December 24, 2013.
 Benedict XVI, Homily, December 25, 2008.