counting down the twenty biggest events of Pope Benedict's Pontificate
19) The Christmas Homilies
2012 - "The great moral question of our attitude towards the homeless,
towards refugees and migrants, takes on a deeper dimension: do we really
have room for God when he seeks to enter under our roof? Do we have
time and space for him? Do we not actually turn away God himself? We
begin to do so when we have no time for him.
faster we can move, the more efficient our time-saving appliances
become, the less time we have. And God? The question of God never seems
urgent. Our time is already completely full. But matters go deeper
still. Does God actually have a place in our thinking? Our process of
thinking is structured in such a way that he simply ought not to exist.
Even if he seems to knock at the door of our thinking, he has to be
If thinking is to be taken
seriously, it must be structured in such a way that the "God hypothesis"
becomes superfluous. There is no room for him. Not even in our feelings
and desires is there any room for him. We want ourselves. We want what
we can seize hold of, we want happiness that is within our reach, we
want our plans and purposes to succeed. We are so "full" of ourselves
that there is no room left for God. And that means there is no room for
others either, for children, for the poor, for the stranger."
2010 - "The infinite distance between God and man is overcome.
God has not only bent down, as we read in the Psalms; he has truly
"come down," he has come into the world, he has become one of us...We
are grateful that God gives himself into our hands as a child, begging
as it were for our love, implanting his peace in our hearts."
2009 - "But most of us
in the world today live far from Jesus Christ, the incarnate God who came to
dwell amongst us. We live our lives by philosophies, amid worldly affairs and
occupations that totally absorb us and are a great distance from the manger. In
all kinds of ways, God has to prod us and reach out to us again and again, so
that we can manage to escape from the muddle of our thoughts and activities and
discover the way that leads to him."
2006 - "God’s sign
is that he makes himself small for us. This is how he reigns. He does not come
with power and outward splendor. He comes as a baby – defenseless and in need
of our help. He does not want to overwhelm us with his strength. He takes away
our fear of his greatness. He asks for our love: so he makes himself a child. He
wants nothing other from us than our love, through which we spontaneously learn
to enter into his feelings, his thoughts and his will – we learn to live with
him and to practice with him that humility of renunciation that belongs to the
very essence of love. God made himself small so that we could understand him,
welcome him, and love him."