WORD of the DAY
For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: we should love one another, unlike Cain who belonged to the evil one and slaughtered his brother. Why did he slaughter him? Because his own works were evil, and those of his brother righteous. (1 John 3: 11)
Jesus came to bring newness, an eternal newness that always existed. This newness is not received or understood by people, by history. It is a very simple message: love each other. History instead symbolically summarizes the experience of Cain: the chosen one, the loved one who turns his back on this invitation and chooses not to love, lashing out at his brother. It is a message that prevails over the first and spreads. This non-love that it implies, still devastates every relationship today and it assumes unacceptable proportions. Wars of which we are the stunned witnesses, prolong anti-newness and do not give room to the one message that is worth listening to. Thus we see multiplied the Aleppos, the Mosuls, tribal wars, family feuds, fake religious wars. These make it difficult even for our tiny microcosms of relationships marked by love. Even if we do not meet true and proper hatred, there is still indifference and coldness.
The heart of the Christian message has not arrived even to those who say they are evangelized: love one another; love your enemy. The history of salvation still needs many more pages to be written to be described with completeness. The newness of Jesus’ message still remains too new!
Lord, grant that we make a great effort to know and re-know the newness of Your message. Help us to really love, putting aside every kind of division, of opposition, of foolish oppression of others.
The Voice of Pope Francis, Christmas Day 2016
The first appeal is for Syria. Peace to the men and women in the martyrdom of Syria where too much blood has been shed, above all, at Aleppo, theater in these recent weeks of one of the most atrocious battles. It is ever more urgent that we guarantee assistance and comfort to the exhausted civil population, respecting humanitarian rights. Let the weapons be definitively silenced and the international community actively work to reach a negotiated solution and the re-establishment of civil life.