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March 6, 2007

Down the centuries Christians have contemplated this mystery of light, seeking to understand more fully why God chose to become man. An answer to this question can be found in the joyful song of the angels on the first Christmas: “Glory to God in the highest, and peace among those whom he favours!” (Lk 2:14). God’s glory, shining on the face of Christ (cf. 2 Cor 4:6), brings that peace which is the crowning of his messianic gifts. Saint Irenaeus tells us that the Word became flesh in order to give us a share in God’s glory: “The glory of God is the living man, and the life of man consists in the vision of God” (Adv. Haer., 20,5,7). Ultimately, the Incarnation is the fruit of God’s infinite love for humanity; it reveals, in von Balthasar’s insightful phrase, that God is not primarily absolute power, but absolute love, a love revealed in the complete gift of himself. May the song of the angels inspire us to give “glory to God” and to build “peace on earth”, by humbly receiving the gift that God gives us at Christmas: the gift of his love, the gift of his Son.

Pope Benedict XVI
December 27, 2006 General Audience

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