Jesus Christ took the form of an infant to be born in a manger for us. Pope Francis said that in gazing
upon the Nativity scene with the eyes of faith, we see the world renewed, freed from the dominion of evil and placed under the regal lordship of Christ, the baby lying in the manger.
He urged the believers to get down from the pedestals of pride and seek the blessings of Our Lady who will lead us to Jesus and allow ourselves to be blessed. Let’s then open our hearts to goodness and that way the coming year will be a journey of hope and peace, not through words, but through daily gestures of dialogue, reconciliation and care for creation.
Pope Francis began the New Year with an apology for losing his patience the night before with a woman in the crowd who grabbed his hand and yanked him closer to her. It shows we are all humans and sometimes we all lose our cool. Following his example, let’s not be ashamed of apologising for our mistakes in this coming year. A simple sorry could mend our relationships with God and with each other. Let’s start this new year by placing our trust in Jesus and accepting His Lordship and be a new creation in Him.