Today in his Ubi et Orbi message, Pope Benedict challenges us with the reality of Christmas:
In this world there is a good soil which God has prepared, that he might come to dwell among us. A dwelling place for his presence in the world. This good earth exists, and today too, in 2012, from this earth truth has sprung up! Consequently, there is hope in the world, a hope in which we can trust, even at the most difficult times and in the most difficult situations. Truth has sprung up, bringing kindness, justice and peace.
I find he is always worth reading. He is a clear and consistent teacher. One who gently guides in the most contemporary, rooted way, with words that are ever-ancient, ever new! Pointing to Christ’s peace, which is meant to be ours.
Dear brothers and sisters! Kindness and truth, justice and peace have met; they have become incarnate in the child born of Mary in Bethlehem. That child is the Son of God; he is God appearing in history. His birth is a flowering of new life for all humanity. May every land become a good earth which receives and brings forth kindness and truth, justice and peace. Happy Christmas to all of you!
We do, in fact, have hope!