Vatican City, 5 January 2014 (VIS) – At midday today, the Holy Father appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square.
“With the birth of Jesus, not only is a new world born, but also a world which can always be renewed”, said, the Pope. “God is always present to revive mankind anew, to cleanse the world of sin that ages and corrupts. While the history of humanity and the personal history of each one of us may be fraught with difficulties and weakness, faith in the Incarnation tells us that God is united with humanity and our history. This proximity of God to man, to every man, each of us, is a gift that never ends! Behold the glad tidings of Christmas: the divine light, which overflowed in the hearts of the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph, and guided the steps of the shepherds and the Magi, shines today for us too”.
The Holy Father went on to remark that there is an aspect of incarnation of the Son of God linked to the human freedom of us all. “The Word of God pitches his tent among us, sinners in need of mercy. And we should all hasten to receive the grace that He offers us. However, the Gospel of St. John tells us that 'his people did not welcome him'. We too often reject Him: we prefer to remain trapped by our mistakes and by the anxiety of our sins. But Jesus does not give up and never stops offering Himself and His grace that saves us! This is a message of salvation, ancient yet always new. And we are called to bear witness, with joy, to the Gospel message of life and light, hope and love".