"At Christmas we greet the very heart of God made flesh. Born 2,000 years ago. Born again every time the vulnerability of human love fills the rocky trough of human cruelty. It is in the very nature of love to be vulnerable. Precisely because God loves us was Jesus born, vulnerable to the needs of every helpless infant. He grew, dependent upon the care of loving parents. He preached and taught, vulnerable to the resentment of the religious establishment. And he died, vulnerable to the cruelty of the Roman occupation. He died every bit as vulnerable as the victims of warfare in Syria and Yemen; as vulnerable as the victims of terror in New Zealand and Sri Lanka, of massacres in Pittsburgh, El Paso and Jersey City. He died as vulnerable as me and you."