Vatican City, Dec 24, 2018 / 14:22 pm
God offers himself to us in the manger in Bethlehem, Pope Francis said in his Christmas homily Monday night, inviting each heart to welcome this heavenly gift.
"At Christmas, we on earth receive Jesus, the bread from heaven," Pope Francis said Dec. 24 in St. Peter's Basilica. "We discover that the life of God can enter into our hearts and dwell there."
"If we welcome that gift, history changes, starting with each of us. For once Jesus dwells in our heart, the center of life is no longer my ravenous and selfish ego, but the One who is born and lives for love," he added.
The pope's homily at the Midnight Mass of Christmas centered on the meaning of Christ's birthplace, Bethlehem, which translates to "House of Bread" in Aramaic and Hebrew.