In his letter for Lent this year, Pope Francis invites us to be generous with the needy, stressing that this generosity should lead us not to give what is left over but to give of our very own. In this regard, the example set by Chuck Feeney, an 85-year-old man who donated all his possessions to charity, well represents the phrase: "He did not give the crumbs. He gave the whole bread."
Pope Francis is undoubtedly one of the greatest leaders of our time; it is impossible for a believer to understand the geopolitical and social context while ignoring his interventions. He is a profoundly innovative Pontiff who always surprises us with his teaching impregnated the "freshness" of the Gospel which frightens and shock many people.
Zygmunt Bauman, the recently deceased Polish Sociologist and Philosopher, highlighted two characteristic aspects of our society: the first is linked to precariousness: “liquid life is a precarious life and is lived in conditions of constant incertitude. The most pressing and persistent worries that trouble this life are those deriving from the fear of being taken by surprise, of not being able to keep the pace with events that move at great speed, and of remaining behind”.
Current times are times of crisis. They present situations that regretfully are in contrast with the festive message of Christmas and that, naturally, are greatly disheartening. The message of the Gospel invites us to celebrate Christmas with a different view of reality and to be filled with hope in this time we are living. This is what we express through our Christmas wishes, when for instance we tell our friends “May the light of Christ illumine us”, “May the mystery of love flood your lives” or when we speak of the “great feast of sharing”.
It is appropriate that these expressions we repeat every year may be understood in their true meaning.