"When you have eliminated the impossible, what remains, however unlikely, It must be the truth "… And the Word became flesh

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"WHEN YOU HAVE ELIMINATED THE IMPOSSIBLE, WHAT REMAINS, EVEN IF UNLIKELY, MUST BE THE TRUTH "... AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH

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Sherlock Holmes, acute investigator, It solves the most intricate and mysterious cases of murder, discovering the murderer with witty wisdom. This character, It is thus able to reveal something hidden, bringing to light that is not immediately visible. He has as its motto: "When you have eliminated the impossible, what remains, however unlikely, It must be the truth " … And the Word became flesh.

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Gabriele Giordano Scardocci, o.p.

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Merry Christmas to you all!

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Shelock Holmes, vintage vignette

Even this year we have the joy of living together this Solemnity of the Lord. The birth of Jesus, Son of God, It is one of the central mysteries of our faith, summarized in John's Gospel just proclaimed [see text, WHO]. Let's get into that great mystery from a literary work.

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We all know the fictional character Sherlock Holmes, born from the pen of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the last century in the novel A Study in Red. Holmes, London-based private investigator, He is accompanied by his doctor, Dr. Watson. Holmes, acute investigator, It solves the most intricate and mysterious cases of murder, discovering the murderer with witty wisdom. This character, so it is able to reveal something hidden, bringing to light that is not immediately visible. He has as its motto: "When you have eliminated the impossible, what remains, however unlikely, It must be the truth ".

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With his birth and came into the world, Baby Jesus helps all of us to enter into the light of the mystery of God; with this mission, that theology is visible mission called the Trinity, it helps eliminate the impossible and find the truth that, at first sight, It may even seem unlikely.

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The Gospel of John that we heard So just now it helps us to understand the great mystery. To understand, We must start from the end of the song:

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"It gave, no one has seen him: the only Son, who is God and is at the Father, it is he who has made him known " [cf. in. 18].

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The strong desire that makes us men in a higher state it consists in seeing, learn and discover. Hence the desire to learn and discover God is the highest ever. It is a spark of humanity that wants to become Fire. This permits it the only Son, Jesus, that is God with the Father although distinct from Him. Jesus fulfills our deepest desire to open ourselves to the truth and greatest love. This is possible because it has given us, this Christmas all over himself: "From his fullness we have all received: grace upon grace " [cf. in. 16].

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By becoming man, Jesus accepts all mankind and all the men without exception and without conditions: this is his fullness. The greeted us unconditionally allowed a cascade of love and acceptance: This waterfall is His grace that, first, we receive in the sacraments.

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Through the grace that opens our deep knowledge of God, we can rest assured that beings

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"The Word became flesh, and he dwelt among us; and we beheld his glory […]» [cf. in. 16].

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In contemporary culture, this seems very unlikely and unacceptable. Because the Word that is God, spiritual and invisible, become flesh [from greek σάρξ, sarx]? Because God is love and wants to call to intimacy and deep tenderness with Him, up to allow the miracle to assume the human nature and a real body, real, physical. Exactly how a droplet of water is taken in a wider part of the wine, so human and divine nature exist together in Jesus. Soon you will see this mystery of the dual nature, shown in the liturgy when I myself, fulfilling my deacon function, I will mix into the cup with the wine with a few drops of water, followed by soft words:

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"The water combined with wine is a sign of our union, the divinity of Him who humbled himself to share our human nature ".

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So now that we know that Jesus revealed God, He has opened the doors of grace and allows us to contemplate the glory of his dual nature beautiful, with sparkling eyes of happiness and serenity can say with faith: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God " [cf. in. 1].

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The Verb, dal greco reason, logos [Word] God Himself: It is the second person of the Trinity, Jesus Christ and is intimately united to the Father, and he wants to transport us to the intimate union with the Trinity itself and therefore to be small Trinity we too.

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This mystery, from the top of its inviolability, now it falls in the reality of everyday life: Now that you will return home to gather you together with those most popular for Christmas dinner, We ask the Lord for strength and determination to be a witness in front of our relatives and friends of the love of Jesus who is born today. For ourselves, once you received Jesus in the Eucharistic communion and united in Him, We can also conduct the farthest to the cave of Bethlehem. So that we hand down the purity, the beauty and the truth with which we live the Catholic faith.

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Amen.

 

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Rome, 25 December 2018

Nativity of the Lord

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