In the lead up to another somewhat disrupted Christmas season, Cardinal Vincent Nichols has encouraged us to look forward to witnessing “the brightness of eternity touching our world in the Incarnation” as we prepare to celebrate the Word made flesh.
Acknowledging the mood of ‘vulnerability’ felt throughout our nations as the Covid pandemic continues to impact on our lives, the Cardinal said we can be consoled by the fact that the “passing insecurities of the world do not limit the love that the Christ-child, the Word made flesh, has for us.”
Cardinal Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference, was talking about the “harder aspects of the Christmas story” in a homily given at a special seasonal celebration in Westminster Cathedral on 15th December.
We learn from the nativity, he says, that our uncertainties, anxieties and miseries are not barriers that shut out the light and love of God from our lives:
“At Christmas, we are assured again that heaven has come to dwell on earth, and God in Man; a reality that is utterly secure, giving a joy that no sin, no vulnerability, no pandemic, can dislodge… we look forward to Christmas, and set our course towards a new year, with joy in our hearts, a joy that is sure and eternal.”