This new family of God begins at the moment when Mary wraps her first-born in swaddling clothes and lays him in a manger.
Let us pray to him:
Lord Jesus, who wanted to be born as the first of many brothers and sisters, grant us the grace of true brotherhood.
Help us to become like you. Help us to recognize your face in others who need our assistance, in those who are suffering or forsaken, in all people, and help us to live together with you as brothers and sisters, so as to become one family, your family. At the end of the Christmas Gospel, we are told that a great heavenly host of angels praised God and said: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!”