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Jesus Himself Explains:

Why Christmas?

Jesus Himself spoke these words to Sister Josefa Menendez earlier this century. Her message was promoted by Pope Pius XII and here we have a brief extract of what Jesus wants to say to us today.

Mankind must know Me, I want men to know My love. Do they know what I have done for them?

For this am I come, that they may know that they will never find true happiness except in Me ...

My appeal is addressed to all: to those consecrated in religion and those living in the world, to the good and to sinners, to the learned and to the illiterate, to those in authority and to those who obey. To each of them I come to say: if you seek happiness you will find it in Me. lf riches, I am infinite Wealth. If you desire peace, in Me alone is peace to be found. I am Mercy and Love!

I desire that My love should be the sun to enlighten and heat to reanimate souls. That is why My words must reach them. I want all the world to recognize in Me a God of mercy and love. I wish that everywhere My desire to forgive and save souls should be read, and that not even the most wretched be kept back by fear! ... nor the most guilty fly from Me ... Let them all come. I await them with open arms like the most affectionate of fathers in order to impart life and true happiness to them.

Let the world stop and listen to these words:

"A father had an only son.

"They were rich and powerful, served by devoted retainers, and surrounded by all that makes for honor, comfort and pleasure in life, and nothing, neither person nor thing, was wanting to their good fortune. The son was all in all to the father, and the father to the son, and each found in the other perfect contentment, though not so as to exclude others, for such noble and generous hearts felt sympathy for anyone in distress, however slight it might be.

"Now it came to pass that one of the servants of this good master fell ill, and as the danger increased, the only hope of saving his life lay in the application of powerful remedies and most careful nursing.

"But this servant lay at his poor and lonely home. At which the master felt alarm, for if left deserted, the man would certainly die. What was to be done? True, a fellow servant could be sent to minister to him; but such service, done for gain rather than love, gave no assurance against possible neglect.

"So, moved with compassion, the master called his son, and told him of his anxiety. He explained how near death the poor man was, and that the most unremitting care alone could save him.

"Like father, like son! The offer to go himself to succor the dying man is made at once. He will spare neither trouble, fatigue nor night watches until the servant's health is fully re-established.

"The father accepts his son's offer, and willingly allows him to take on the likeness of a servant, that he may serve him who is his slave.

"Many months go by, months of anxious watching by the sick-bed, till at length health is restored, for nothing has been spared that could not only cure his sickness, but also ensure his complete well-being. And what of the servant? With a heart overflowing with gratitude, he asks what he can do in return for such marvelous charity.

"'Go,' said the son, 'seek out my father and with restored health offer yourself to become his most faithful servant in return for his liberality.'

"Overwhelmed by his obligation, the man stands in humble gratitude before his benefactor and proffers his services gratis, for ever. What need has he of remuneration from such a master, who has treated him not as a servant, but a son?"

This parable is but a pale image of the love I bear to mankind, and of the loving return I look for from them. I will explain it so that all men may know My Heart.

God created man out of pure love. He placed him on the earth in circumstances that ensured his happiness until the day of eternal bliss should dawn for him. But to have a right to such felicity he is bound to keep the sweet and wise laws laid down by His Maker.

Man, unfaithful to this law, fell grievously sick; sin was committed by our first parents, and all mankind, their descendants, contracted this guilt and lost their right to the perfect beatitude promised them by God; and pain, suffering and death became henceforth their lot.

Now God, in perfect bliss, has no need of man or of his services. He is sufficient unto Himself. Infinite is His glory and nothing can diminish it.

Infinite in power, He is also infinite in goodness; hence He will not allow man, created out of love, to perish; instead, He met the grave evil of sin with a remedy infinite in price: one of the divine Persons of the Blessed Trinity, assuming human nature, will repair in a Godlike manner the evil of the Fall.

The Father gives His Son, the Son sacrifices His glory. He comes to earth not as an all-powerful Lord and Master, but in poverty as a servant and as a child.

The life He led on earth is known to you all.

You know how from the first moment of the Incarnation I submitted to all human afflictions. In My childhood I endured cold, hunger, poverty and persecution.

In My life of labor, how often humiliation and contempt were meted out to the carpenter's son. How often after a hard day's work we, My foster-father and I, found that we had earned hardly sufficient to support us ... and this I continued for thirty long years.

Then, foregoing the sweet company of My Mother, I devoted Myself to the task of making My heavenly Father known. I went about teaching men that God is Love.

I went about doing good to bodies as well as souls: to the sick I gave back their health; the dead I raised to life; and to souls? ... Ah! to souls I restored liberty ... that liberty which they had lost through sin, and I opened to them the gates of their everlasting home, Heaven. 

Then came the hour when to win salvation for them the Son of God willed to surrender life itself.

And how did He die? ... Was He surrounded by friends? ... Acclaimed as a benefactor? ... Beloved ones, you know that the Son of God did not will to die thus. He who had preached nothing but love was the victim of hatred ... He who had brought peace to the world was treated most cruelly ... He who came to bring men freedom was imprisoned, bound, ill-used, calumniated, and finally died on a cross between two thieves, condemned, abandoned, abject and despoiled of everything.

It was thus that He surrendered Himself for man's salvation. It was thus He accomplished the work for which He had voluntarily left His Father's glory. Man was sick and wounded, and the Son of God came down to him. He not only restored fallen man to life, but earned for him both strength and power to acquire in this life the treasures of eternal beatitude.

And what was man's response? Did he, like the grateful servant, offer his ministrations gratis and renounce any other but his Master's interests? ...

Let us consider and distinguish ... for there are different ways in which a response has been made by man.

Some have truly known Me, and urged by love, have ardently desired to make an entire sacrifice of themselves to My service, which is that of My Father. They begged to be told the greatest thing they could do for Him, and My Father answered thus: 

     "Leave your home, give up your possessions, and having surrendered self, come, follow Me, and do whatever I tell you."

Others, moved by all that the Son of God had done for their salvation offered themselves to Him, endeavoring with good will to make a return for His goodness, by working for His interests, but without entire renunciation of their own. To these My Father says: "Observe the Law which the Lord your God has given you. Keep His commandments, and erring neither to right nor left, live in the peace which belongs to faithful servants."

There are others again who have little understanding of God's great love, yet they have an upright will and live under the law; without love, they follow rather an instinctive attraction for good which has been left in their souls by grace.

These servants have not volunteered to carry out all God's orders ... yet a slight indication of His will is often enough to enlist their service, since they are men of good will.

There are yet others who submit to their God, not so much through love as through self-interest, and only fulfill the law as far as is necessary to ensure their salvation.

Yet do all men offer God their service? Are there any who through ignorance of the great love of which they are the object, make no response to all that the Son of God has suffered for them?

Alas! ... there are many who know and despise it ... but a far greater number are ignorant of it! ...

For each of these Jesus Christ has a word of love.

I will speak in the first place to those who do not know Me! My sons, who from infancy have lived apart from your Father, come, I will tell you why you do not know Me ... for once you realize the affection I bear you, you will not resist My Love.

It is often the case that those brought up far from their parents have little affection for them; but when by chance the sweet love of father or mother is manifested to them, there awakens a keener appreciation of this warm devotion than is found in those who have never left home.

To you who not only do not love, but hate and persecute Me, I say: "Why this hatred? ... What have I done to deserve persecution at your hands? ..." There are many who have never asked themselves this question. Today when I ask it, they will perhaps say: "We do not know." I will answer for you.

If from childhood you have never known Me, it is because no one has ever taught you about Me; and as you grew up, nature also was developing in you love of pleasure and enjoyment, a longing for wealth and freedom.

Then came the day when first you heard of Me. and how to live according to My will; that to do so you must love and bear with your neighbor, respect his rights and his goods and gain a mastery of your own nature — in a word, live subject to a law. Hitherto, subject only to your own natural inclinations, if not to your passions, not knowing even of what law there was question, is it to be wondered at that you should protest, should wish to enjoy life, to be free and to be a law unto yourself?

In this lies the beginning of your hatred and persecution of Me.

But I, your Father, love you, and even as I see your blind revolt, My Heart is filled with tenderness for you.

So the years in which you led this life sped by, and they were, perhaps, many ...

Today I can no longer restrain My love for you, and the sight of you at war with your best friend compels Me to enlighten you as to who I am.

Dearly loved son, I am Jesus, which name signifies Savior. Why else are My hands transfixed with nails which fasten them to a cross? On it, for love of you, I died. My feet are wounded, My Heart wide open, riven by the lance after death...

Thus do I stand before you that you may know who I am and what My law is. But do not fear, My law is one of love ... and in knowing Me you will find peace and joy. It is sad to live as an orphan; come, My sons, come to your Father.

I am your God and your Father, your Creator and your Savior. You are My creatures, My sons, bought at the price of My life and Heart's Blood, which I shed to free you from slavery and the tyranny of sin.

You have souls great and immortal, destined for eternal happiness, wills capable of all good, hearts made both to give and receive affection.

The thirst for contentment and love can never be appeased by earthly and fleeting gains, which will always leave you hungry and unsatisfied. Perpetual conflict, sadness, anxiety, and affliction will still be your portion.

If you are poor and have to earn a living by work, the miseries of life will embitter you; you will be hostile to your employers, and may even wish them ill, that like yourself they may experience the hard grind of daily toil. Fatigue, disgust, even despair will weigh heavily on your spirits, for the way is rough and in the end comes death! ...

Oh! how great are these calamities when viewed from a human standpoint. But I come to show you life under a different aspect:

All you who are deprived of this world's goods and obliged to labor for your daily bread under a master, reflect that you are not slaves, but created for the freedom of eternity ...

All you whose craving for affection is unsatisfied, remember that you were made to love that which is eternal, not that which passes with time.

You who love your homes and labor to support your families and provide them with comforts and happiness, do not forget that though death will one day sever every tie, this is only for a time ...

You who serve a master, and owe him respect, love, care for his interests, hard work and fidelity, forget not that he is your master only for the short span of a lifetime. How soon this will pass away and give place to an eternity, where you will no longer be workers but reign as kings for ever and ever.

Your souls, created by a loving Father who bears you a limitless and eternal affection, will find one day in the bliss of Heaven prepared for you a final answer to all your aspirations.

There, every labor will be rewarded ...

There, you will find your family for whom you worked so hard on earth.

There, you will live eternally, for earth is but a passing shadow; Heaven will never pass away.

There you will be united to your God and Father ... Oh! if you but knew how great is the beatitude that awaits you!

Perhaps you will answer Me: "I have no faith, nor do I believe in a future happiness."

Have you no faith? Then how is it that you persecute Me? ...

Why do you rebel against My laws, and war against those who love Me? ... And since you desire freedom for yourselves, why not grant it to others?

You say you do not believe in a future life? ... Tell Me, are you perfectly contented here and do you never feel a yearning for what is not possible to obtain here below?

If after seeking for enjoyment, you succeed in obtaining it, does it satisfy your cravings?

If after pursuing riches, you at last possess them, have you ever enough? ...

If you feel the need of affection, and one day find it, are you not soon tired of it? ...

None of these things is what you long for, and here below you will never obtain all that your heart desires. Your craving is peace, not the peace of this world, but that of the children of God; and how do you expect to find it in the midst of rebellion? ...

That is why I have come to show you where true peace and happiness are to be found, and where you can slake the thirst that for so long has consumed you.

Do not rebel when I tell you that all these things are to be found in accomplishing My law. Do not fear this word Law, for My law is no tyranny but a law of love, because I am your God and your Father.

Listen while I explain this law to you, and the kind of Heart that imposes it on you; a Heart that you do not know and so often wound. You pursue Me to give Me death, while I seek you out to impart life. Which of us will prevail? And will your souls continue to harden themselves against Me who have laid down My life for you and given you all My love?

Come, My sons, and hear what your Father asks of you as proof of your love: you know that in a well regulated army discipline must be maintained, just as in a household there must be established customs. So in the great family of Jesus Christ there must be law, albeit a law of love.

In the order of nature sons are not recognized as such unless they bear their father's name; so My sons bear the name of Christian, given them at their birth in Baptism. All you who bear this name are My sons, and as such have a right to your Father's estate.

I realize that you do not know Me or love Me, but rather detest and persecute Me. On My part, I love you with an infinite tenderness, and I want you to know this heritage which is yours by right, and know also the means to acquire it:

Believe in My love and My mercy.

You have sinned against Me; I forgive you.

You have persecuted me; I love you.

You have wounded Me both by word and deed; still I wish to do you good and to let you share all My treasures.

Do not imagine that I am ignorant of your state of soul. I know that you have despised My grace, perhaps even profaned My Sacraments. Yet you have from Me a full pardon.

If then you would be happy in this world and at the same time secure your eternal salvation, do as I tell you:

If you are poor, do the work that necessity forces on you with submission, and remember that I too lived for thirty years in subjection to the self-same law, for I was needy and poor.

Do not consider your masters as tyrants. Banish all hatred from your hearts ... never wish them ill, but further their interests and be faithful to them.

If, however, you possess this world's goods and employ workers and servants, be fair to them in all your dealings; pay them a just wage, and show them both gentleness and kindness. If you have an immortal soul, so too have they, and if you abound in wealth, it is not for your sole comfort and enjoyment, but that you may administer it wisely and practice charity to your neighbor.

Both employer and employed must accept the law of labor with submission, acknowledging a Supreme Being over all created things.

As God He demands of you the accomplishment of His divine law.

As your Father, He asks you to accept His commandments in a spirit of filial piety.

Thus, when you have spent a week in the pursuit of work, business or sport, He claims but one half-hour, that you may fulfill your Sunday duty. Is this excessive?

Go then to your Father's House, where day and night He awaits your coming, and as Sundays and Holidays recur, give Him the homage of this half-hour by assisting at the mystery of love and mercy that is Holy Mass.

Tell Him everything; about your families, your children, your business, your desires ... Lay at His feet your sorrows, difficulties and sufferings ... believe in the interest and love with which He listens to your prayer.

You may perhaps say to Me: "I have not entered a church for so many years that I have forgotten how to hear Mass." Do not be afraid on that account ... Come, spend this half-hour with Me; your conscience will tell you what to do, and be docile to its voice ... Open your soul wide to grace, and it will inspire you ... Gradually it will teach you how to act in a given circumstance, how to treat your family, what to do in regard to your business ... how to bring up your children, love those who depend on you, and honor those in authority over you ... It may make you feel that such and such a concern must be given up, such a friendship relinquished, or such a meeting avoided ... Again, it may tell you that you are hating a certain person quite unreasonably; or it may put it into your mind to sever your connection with some person you feel drawn to and whose advice is doing you harm.

Only give grace a chance, and gradually its power will grow stronger in you, for just as evil increases insensibly, once it is given in to, so will each new grace prepare your soul for a still greater one. If today you listen to My voice and let grace act, tomorrow its influence will be stronger and so steadily increase as time goes on; light will grow in your soul, peace envelop you, and the reward will be eternal bliss!

Man was not created to live forever here below. He was made for eternity ... If then he is immortal, he should live, not for the passing things of time, but for that which will never die.

Youth, wealth, wisdom, human glory, all that is nothing, it will all end with this life; God only will endure forever.

The world is full of hate, races are in perpetual conflict with one another, so are nations, and even individuals, and all this is due to the decay of faith.

Only let faith reign once more over the world and peace and charity will return to it.

Faith in no way impedes civilization and progress. The more it is rooted in individuals and peoples, the more wisdom and learning increase, for God is infinite in wisdom and knowledge. But whenever faith is completely lacking, peace, civilization and true progress likewise vanish ... for God is not in war ... and in their place come enmities, clash of opinions, class wars, and within man himself, rebellion of passions against duty. All that is noble in humanity is exchanged for revolt, insubordination and warfare.

Let yourselves be convinced by faith and you will be great. Let yourselves be ruled by faith, and you will be free; live by faith, and you will escape eternal death.

My Heart is burning with desire to attract souls to Itself in order to forgive them.

I want to forgive. I want to reign over souls and pardon all nations. I want to rule souls, nations, the whole world.

I will shower My Mercies on the world to wipe out its ingratitude.

My reign will be one of peace and love and I shall inaugurate it by compassion on all: such is the end I have in view and this is the great work of My love.

If you seek happiness you will find it in Me.

If riches, I am infinite Wealth.

If you desire peace, in Me alone is peace to be found.

I am Mercy and Love!

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