Letter of January 1st 2001
from Jacques Gaillot
Letter for Christmas and New Year
You will find a child

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 Dieu vient parmi nous
"You will find a child"
(Luke 2, 8) 

Christmas in Europe is a festivity that belongs to all. It is a family feast, especially for children. A time when one is able to express friendship and sharing without leaving any body alone.
"You will find a child" The distant God that men and women have searched for thousands of years has come close. He has become visible in this newborn baby in swaddling clothes resting in a manger in Bethlehem. He took the visage of a child. Christmas is a birth, the birth of the Infant-God. God comes among us, in our humanity.
The shepherds of Bethlehem did not get any evidence. There is no proof for Christmas. They had a sign: " You will find a child" No other sign is given. If God comes to us with the weakness and the simplicity of a child, without imposing himself, will we be able to find his presence? Even through the slender signs of ordinary daily life? It is the face of a child that the shepherds came to see, and they went back full of joy, singing God's praises.
Receive my best wishes for Christmas and the New Year with this prayer taken from the First Testament that Saint Francis used.
"The Lord bless thee, and keep thee,
The Lord make his face shine upon thee and be gracious unto thee
The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee and give thee peace."

(Numbers 6, 24)