In the present world, where vice, crime and sin are so widespread, we can ask ourselves: who is wholeheartedly with Christ? This question is appropriate, given that the Gospel tells us: “He came to what was His own, but His own people did not accept Him.” Would today’s world accept this Child, who is Innocence, Purity and Integrity in essence? To accept Him, is to adhere to Him and understand Him in the love and fulfillment of the Law, for it is not enough to say “Lord”, it is necessary to do the will of the Father (cf. Mt 7:21). Now, pride and sensuality, which, by means of a centuries-long process have been undermining humanity, are presently producing their most bitter and harmful fruits in a world that looks on thoughtlessly and carelessly at the evanescence of the family, innocence, chastity and so many other virtues. The worst moral atrocities are being sanctioned by a growing chain of governments. The Law of God is being contested and substituted by atheistic, relativistic and illicit human decrees. Fashions, in their irrepressible striving to reach the utopia of nudism, today tend to the ragged, the eccentric and real or apparent dirtiness. Ugliness has replaced beauty, malice has driven out kindness in social relations, and the lie arrogantly asserts itself and despises the truth. Could it be said that this world accepts Jesus?
It would be wise for the present world to look back historically to see how God deals with His enemies, with those who abuse His mercy by revolting against His precepts. At the beginning of creation, we see the fate of Lucifer and his accomplices, or the bitter consequences of the disobedience of our first parents. Scripture tells us that God begins by laughing at those who mock Him and ends by condemning them (cf. Ps 2:4-5).
Jesus desires the salvation of all
Who, therefore, will accept this Child born on Christmas Eve? The righteous – men and women who remain faithful to the Law, lovers of Truth, Goodness and Beauty, who refuse to bend their knee before Baal. How many will they be? Their number does not matter. Whether they are few or many, the day will come in which they will witness the triumph of Jesus, “full of grace and truth”, in “His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father” (Jn 1:14). He desires the condemnation of no one (cf. 1 Tm 3:4). He always sought, from His Incarnation, the salvation of all, and this is His disposition in the manger. It was humanity’s wickedness that caused Him to lament in the Garden of Olives, in asking Himself: “Quae utilitas in Sanguine meo?” (Ps 29:10). It is the evil use of our free will that precipitates us into eternal misery.
Thus, “to those who did accept Him, He gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (Jn 1:12). This is the true meaning of the words of Our Lady in Fatima: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”