At Christmas, God reveals his full power, which is the power of relentlessly seeking his lost sheep and, when he finds them, giving them a caress, Pope Francis said.
“One who does not know the caresses of the Lord does not know Christian doctrine. One who does not let himself be caressed by the Lord is lost,” the pope said during his early morning Mass on 6th December in the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives.
Christmas, he said, is a celebration of the fact that “the Lord comes with his power – which are his caresses – to find us, to save us like lost sheep and bring us back to the flock of his Church.”
Pope Francis said that when he reads the Gospel story of the lost sheep, he always thinks of Judas, “the most perfect lost sheep in the Gospels.”
In the Bible, he said, Judas seems to always have had “bitterness in his heart,” something critical to say about others and a standoffish attitude.
Picture: The Christmas tree and Nativity scene decorate St Peter’s Square during a lighting ceremony at the Vatican on 18th December 2015. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).