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Up Sails N°31

15 december 2016

On Christmas Eve, in a stable in Bethlehem, one event changed the course of the world. Everything changed, everything became possible!

There is nothing exceptional about this event: the birth of a baby. And yet, he brings joy to heaven, and the angels sing the glory of God! It is the beginning of a great movement: the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light (Is 9, 1) and the shepherds and then the wise men went to worship this weak, fragile and dependent child. What is exceptional, is that our all-powerful God, the creator of heaven and earth, is waiting for us in a state that, on first sight, does not look like him: a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger (Luke 2, 12) could he be the one who Isaiah announced and called: Wonderful counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Is 9, 5)?  
But nothing will be impossible with God (Luke 1, 37); it is our imagination that makes us believe that God cannot be close, that he cannot expect something from us. It is this weak, fragile and dependent child who will tell us that we must love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us (Mt 5, 44), that we will be happy if we are pure in heart (Mt 5, 8), that we will not enter the kingdom of Heaven unless we change and become like children (Mt 18, 3). Yes, this birth is the promise of great changes: everything will become possible.
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