‘How do we welcome the tenderness of God?’ Pope Francis’ Christmas Eve homily

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Pope Francis angered Turkey by calling the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians a genocide.  Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

Pope Francis angered Turkey by calling the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians a genocide. Photo by Paul Haring, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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(RNS) "When we realize that God is in love with our smallness, that he made himself small in order to better encounter us, we cannot help but open our hearts to him, and beseech him: “Lord, help me to be like you."

  • Rob

    I’ll pray for you Bob. You obviously are looking for some sort of sign; why else come here on Christmas eve and try to get a rise out of people you haven’t a hope of converting to your way? Just because you hate God doesn’t mean that God hates you.

  • Bob

    Rob, you pray for me, and I’ll think for you. Seriously, there is no verifiable evidence that prayer has ever caused a divine being to do anything, ever. Give that some thought and maybe it will help you to leave your cowardly Christian delusion behind.

    Better yet, why don’t you try responding to what I actually said, instead of pushing more useless prayer tripe at the world. Again, the whole Jesus-sacrifice-salvation story, the foundation of the crazy Christian superstitions and the pope’s Catholic cult, is a steaming pile of nonsense out of the gate. How is it again that an omnipotent being couldn’t do his saving bit without the whole silly Jesus hoopla? And how was Jesus’ death a “sacrifice”, when an omnipotent being could just pop up a replacement son any time with less than a snap of his fingers?

    It’s also worth asking why such a claimed benevolent, wonderfully kind, “god” has to put us through thousands of years of anxious waiting before “saving” us from a life that he supposedly created. The Christian beliefs are just plain ridiculous, and are founded on false premises.

    Good day, happy holidays, and here’s to a less religious 2015 for you all.

    Ask the questions. Break the chains. Join the movement.
    Be free of Christianity and other superstitions.

  • Robert Tronrud

    Give it a rest Bob……. Take the night off and you can start fresh again tomorrow.

    Merry Christmas.

    May the lord bless you and keep you. May the lord grant his light upon you, and may the lord grant you peace

  • Daniel

    Christianity has in fact nothing to do with superstition, In this person of Jesus, this truly human person, people saw a great light! In his words, in his actions, in his loving embrace of all those that the world had abandoned, those first disciples saw a light that could overcome darkness, a love that would rise above every hatred. Christmas is nothing more or less than an invitation to open ourselves up to the possibility of love, a love that transforms. This person of Jesus calls us to see within ourselves, and especially within our neighbor and even our enemy, the very best. We are image bearers of God, we are a creation with endless possibility.

    The “omnipotence” of God in Christianity lies in God’s incarnation, in God’s utter act of solidarity of becoming one with us. In this act, we see that true power is not in omnipotence, is not in violence, is not in disparaging the other, is not in the need to control but rather in the self-sacrificing love that bears all things, believes all things, and hopes that in the end death does not win, love and life will triumph. God loves and we continue to hate. God believes and we continue to deny. God bears our inhumanity and we continue to act inhuman! WE ARE THE CAUSE OF OUR SUFFERING, GOD’S MODEL OF SELF SACRIFICING AND SELF SURRENDERING, AND SELF-LESS LOVE ARE THE ONLY HOPE FOR OUR REDEMPTION!

    Tonight the Servant Francis sends a message to the world to stop and listen and to let ourselves be loved by a God that has an infinite capacity to love. Is this not omnipotence….despite our arrogance, despite our hatred, despite our lack of faith, God loves. I hope we can see in one another our true humanity and in this Christmas use that humanity to truly incarnate the Divine in our world….Peace and may God’s Love and Hope shine in every corner of darkness that exists in our world, and in our hearts!

  • Bob, I’m trying to be constructive here not trying to pick a fight. A lot of what you are saying demonstrates your incomplete knowledge of theology. For example, the issue of prayer. You seems to take literally what people are saying when they pray, i.e. “God make me a more patient person, or heal my mother from her cancer”, Catholic and most mainstream Protestant theology maintain that the only thing that prayer changes is the prayer. Of course, it does not help that the church (defined as the people of God) consisted of a lot of people who think they know what they are talking about but don’t. I’ve found the strangest people in churches and the most wonderful people in churches. I’m afraid you won’t understand anything about God and theology until you are given faith. All understanding requires this most wonderful gift.

  • Xanthos

    Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob, Bob… you’re just not tuning in to the right wavelength… keep adjusting your dial… you’ll find it… it’s there for all to behold! MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! Peace on earth and goodwill towards all…

  • Heather

    Beautifully said. A message all can benefit from.

  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    Lord I am not worthy that you should come to me, but only say a word and I shall be healed.

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  • Ellen Pascoe

    Daniel, Bob’s points look to be accurate and reasonable. It looks like you haven’t addressed his points, either.

    Also, Christianity does fit squarely in the set of superstitions known as blood cults.

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  • Folgers

    Looks like you got a bit too much of that ole Christian shame going on there “Dr.” Coelho ho. So what are you a “doctor” of???? Shame ho on you ho ho.

  • Folgers

    Funny how your “lord” never grants anything that you ask for.

  • Folgers

    Some “servant” Francis is, in his fine impeccably laundered white robes and finery. What a joke.

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  • “Christianity has..nothing to do with superstition, In this person of Jesus, this truly human person, people saw a great light! In his words, in his actions….”


    The Jesus character from the bible is incoherent film flam.

    “Love your neighbor” – (Mark 12:31)



    a “FOOL!” – JESUS (Matthew 5:22)
    a “DOG!” – JESUS (Matthew 15:26)
    a “SWINE!” – Jesus (Matthew 7:6)

    (1 Corinthians 5:11)

    “Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

    “But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone … if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one.” (1 Corinthians 5:11)

    “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting” (2 John 1:10)

    Avoid Them” (Romans 16:17)

    “For whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.” (2 John 1:11)

    “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault.” (Matthew 18:15)

    “As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him….” (Titus 3:9-11)

    “Let him who has done this be removed from among you.” (1 Corinthians 1:13)

    “have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.” (2 Thessalonian 3:14)

    “Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us.” (2 Thessalonians 3:6)

    “If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed! ” (1 Corinthians 16:22)


    “deem them unworthy…remove your blessings of peace.” – JESUS (Matthew 10:13)

    “Don’t waste….on the people who are unholy. Don’t throw your pearls to pigs!” – JESUS (Matthew 7:6)

    “shake the dust off…FOR A TESTIMONY AGAINST THEM.” – JESUS (MARK 6:11)

    Atheist Max
    For Peace, Culture, The Separation of Church and State
    and to remind grown ups that Religion is dangerous garbage

  • Fran


    It is really false religion that is ridiculous, and not the truth about God, his son, Jesus (who is not equal to him), and God’s kingdom or heavenly government.

    I can appreciate how you feel since God has been misrepresented by false religion for ages (for example, the Trinity and hellfire doctrines, or that only all good people go to heaven after they die); but it is now being exposed for what it really is—not the truth!

    Fotunately for all of us, false religion will be dealt deserving judgment from God and meet its swift end! Everyone will know how truly loving both God and his son, Jesus, truly are and how much they care for us humans!

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