This Christmas is a bit special: tension, violence, fear, and uncertainty. But there is this child, put in the manger, as it was announced by the prophets Isaiah and Micah. This amazing event which has changed history has become real. There is no room for despair, but only for hope, trust, for a variety of responsibilities: to work for the common good, for the good of our neighbor, to love our brethren. As Pope Francis said, at the end of our lives we will be judged by Love, but also saved by It. All the poor we have helped, with whom we have walked and shared something, will open the gates of Heaven for us. As we have been told by the child who later, as a grownup, gave his life for us.
But let us reflect. The concept of poverty has changed because poverty affects households. It is no longer connected only to individuals, but also to this identity crisis which comes also from the loss of the vital link between man and woman; there is a crisis in the decision to build a family and educate children.
So there is a deeper poverty. Once it was only material, but, paradoxically, it created bonds of solidarity which helped to go ahead, to walk together; but today poverty is more “intimate”, it wounds the folds of the soul, then shatters the fundamental relationships and triggers huge existential dramas.
Murders, suicides, fratricidal conflicts, crimes in the workplace. All sorts of ugly things happen, after having lost the secure base, the reference of the anthropological reading of the Christian view, that is, of the bond between man and God and men among themselves, in solidarity, in the pursuit of the good.
Today, without this reference in the Child who was born, we are in complete confusion about human identity. Rediscovering the Nativity means, for the whole human race, rediscovering also the meaning of existence.