The Pope recalled the passage from the Gospel of John that explains that “the Word became flesh and he is not welcomed .” He said that mankind closes the door to God and choose to live in the darkness.
“The Word is the light, and yet men have preferred the darkness; the Word came unto His own, but they did not receive Him; they closed the door in the face of the Son of God.”
Before saying goodbye to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, he returned to make one of his most popular remarks.
“Keeping a little Gospel in your pocket or purse will do you good. Never forget: Let’s read a passage from the Gospel each day.”
He also called on Christians not to forget to build and achieve peace, as the motto of the World Day of Peace this year, “Overcome Indifference and Win Peace”.