Archbishop’s homily at Midnight Mass


The prophetic announcement marks the start: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light”, a new direction for life, a course in the history that keeps us strong “awaiting our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. ” Darkness and light, road and hope, glimmer and manifestation. It is the prophecy of the election, the promise and the covenant. It is the path from the darkness of the earthly paradise that evening until that night when the outbreak of “the glory of the Lord wrapped (the shepherds) with their light.”

We too, pilgrims of the election, the promise and the covenant we approach the altar of God with the penalty of so much darkness and hope to meet with the light, we approach the altar where the glory lies in a manger and manifests the simple of heart stunned listening heavenly singing “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men loved by God” and with that faith beliefs of non baratean conscience-that “is born Salvador …. a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. ” We too, tonight, if we open our hearts, we are able to contemplate the miracle of light in the midst of darkness, the miracle of God’s strength in weakness, the miracle of supreme greatness in littleness.

Walked “from faith to faith” in quest for fulfillment and meaning to our lives. And this way is true when there is noise trapped in passing proposals alienating or liars. We are part of God’s people who, every day, wants to step from darkness into light. Everyone wanted to meet that light, with that hidden glory, and we are hoping for the same God who created us planted that desire in our hearts. But our heart gets hard sometimes, capricious, or worse, flood swells in pride. Then the desire to see the glory of light and life is drowned risks spend pointless to go running out in darkness. Repeat so that God is not all, as happened that night Mary “laid him in a manger, because there was (another) place for them.”

This is the drama of the soul that becomes impatient in waiting and being entertained by the false promises of light that makes the Devil whom Jesus called “the father of lies”, “prince of darkness”. Then he loses hope in the promise, the firmness in the covenant with God that can not lie because “you can not deny himself.” You lose the feeling deep chosen by the Father’s tenderness. The doors close and today, as always, in the world, in our city, in our hearts you will close many doors to Jesus. It is easier to be entertained by the lights of a tree that abismarse in contemplation of the glory of the manger. And this anti-path, ie the path of closing doors ranging from indifference to the murder of innocents. There is not much distance between those doors closed because Joseph and Mary were poor strangers and Herod that “kills children for fear the heart killed him”. There is no middle ground: either light or darkness, or pride or humility, or true or false, or open the door to Jesus coming to save us or we close on the sufficiency and pride of self-salvation.

In this holy night I ask to look at the manger: there “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” … but he saw the people, one that was simple and was open to God’s gift. They did not see the self-sufficient, the proud, those manufactured by its own law degree, they close the doors. Let’s look at the manger and ask for us, for our suffering people. Let’s look at the manger and tell him to his mother, “Mary, show unto us.”

Buenos Aires, December 25, 2003.


Card. Jorge Mario Bergoglio S.J.

Archbishop of Buenos Aires

Posted in 2003

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