If we had an unshaking faith, we would see clearly the divine Infant lying I the manger, surrounded by His Mother Mary, who had born Him, and Joseph, who is guarding and protecting them. We would see the shepherds, who do not philosophize, but strive with joy to the cave. If we could truly see and celebrate this day as a feast of the future, as an explosion of the eternal in temporal, we would understand how especial this day is. A day of open doors, when we build bridges towards those who have no voice nor feelings left, who are closed and concentrated only on themselves and who decide to remain in their absurdity.
It is no secret that mankind today is standing before big menaces and suffers great calamities. Millions of people – men, women and children – starve to death and perish in terrible circumstances caused by wars. They have to leave their ancestral homes to go as refugees towards the unknown. Many are unemployed, many see their life’s work destroyed by natural disasters. To face all these situations, to transform them, as Patriarch Athenagoras has said, into occasions for something new to be born, we need men and women who would serve life, communion and justice, who would not abandon love. People who would not surrender and lose hope, but would share with others their courage and confidence.
Even if the light of Nativity seems so fragile, even if there are people among us who scarcely believe in it, it is a light that cannot go out. God Himself keeps it and is letting it shine in the hearts of all men. There is no other option in our time other than to open our doors for everyone, so that nobody, neither a person nor a country nor a region, would be alone.
This feast is a feast of Infant Jesus. Let us little by little open this only door, the door of this incredible mystery, in order to confess with a child’s simple hope: God is not somewhere in the highest, somewhere else, God is with us. His name is Emmanuel!
My dear ones,
A French preacher has put it very aptly:
“Let us greet this visit of God to us, because He is coming for our’s sake.
Let us greet this message of God, the message of Him who came to earth in order to open the door of true life. This is a message for us.
Let us be guided by God. We shall not regret it.”
With fatherly blessings I wish you, that Christ our God, born of Virgin Mary in Bethlehem, would make us strong to walk in His footsteps, for He is the joy, the light, the peace and the future of the world. Amen!
Metropolitan of Tallinn and All Estonia
Tallinn, the Nativity of Christ 2016