Pope John Paul II on the Birth of Jesus

Pope John Paul II on the Birth of Jesus

 From: Bull of Indiction of Great Jubilee Year 2000 “Incarnationis Mysterium” (29 Nov 1999)

The birth of Jesus at Bethlehem is not an event which can be consigned to the past. The whole of human history in fact stands in reference to him: our own time and the future of the world are illumined by his presence. He is “the Living One” (Rev 1:18), “who is, who was and who is to come” (Rev 1:4). Before him every knee must bend, in the heavens, on earth and under the earth, and every tongue proclaim that he is Lord (cf. Phil 2:10-11). In the encounter with Christ, every man discovers the mystery of his own life.

Jesus is the genuine newness which surpasses all human expectations and such he remains for ever, from age to age. The Incarnation of the Son of God and the salvation which he has accomplished by his Death and Resurrection are therefore the true criterion for evaluating all that happens in time and every effort to make life more human.

May Christmas be a season when we rise above the sentimentality of the culture and affirm the wonderful truth of the Truth incarnate. This is a time to break free of the shackles of the dictatorship of relativism and to glory in the Truth that sets us free. May Catholic educators undergo a conversion of mind and heart as they realize that “the whole of human history in fact stands in reference to him: our own time and the future of the world are illumined by his presence.” All educational efforts should be aimed at discovering the illumination of his presence and the curriculum should find the multiple ways to refer the whole of human history to him..

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