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“…so that we may dare to love Him”

28 December 2012

Pope Benedict: May God Grant Us the Curiosity to Know Him
28 December 2012 Anno Domini

Posted by Lisa Graas at her blog, CatholicBandita.com

The following is the homily given by Pope Benedict XVI on December 24. Since it is on the importance of recognizing Jesus Christ and knowing Him, my favorite topic (identity in Christ), I’ve decided to go ahead and post it. There are many who say they know Jesus, but do they know the real Jesus, and do they know Him in all His fullness? Do they know Him so well that they would recognize Him if He came to them in an unexpected form? I am in love with Jesus, but even I do not know Him in all fullness. That can only happen fully in heaven. And so, it is important for me, and for all of us, to at least have the curiosity to know Him more and more in our lives. That is what a relationship is. It is not a one-time experience. It is a life experience to come to know Jesus more and more.

Vatican City, 24 December 2012 (VIS) – The Pope tonight celebrated Midnight Mass in the Vatican Basilica for the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord.

Pope Benedict XVI kneels as he celebrates the Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012. (photo credit: Gregorio Borgia/AP)

During the Eucharistic celebration, following the reading of the Gospel, the Holy Father delivered his homily, ample extracts from which are given below:

“Again and again it astonishes us that God makes Himself a child so that we may love Him, so that we may dare to love Him, and as a child trustingly lets Himself be taken into our arms. It is as if God were saying: I know that my glory frightens you, and that you are trying to assert yourself in the face of my grandeur. So now I am coming to you as a child, so that you can accept me and love me.

Editor’s Note: The first line of this homily will stay with me forever… Please click HERE to go to the rest of the homily posted on Lisa’s Blog.


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