DEC. 25. CHRISTMAS DAY. (B) JOHN. 1. 1-18.
In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things came to be, not one thing had its being but through him.
All that came to be had life in him and that life was the light of men,
a light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower.
A man came, sent by God. His name was John. He came as a witness,
as a witness to speak for the light, so that everyone might believe through him.
He was not the light, only a witness to speak for the light.
The Word was the true light that enlightens all men; and he was coming into the world.
He was in the world that had its being through him, and the world did not know him.
He came to his own domain and his own people did not accept him.
But to all who did accept him he gave power to become children of God,
to all who believe in the name of him who was born not out of human stock
or urge of the flesh or will of man but of God himself.
The Word was made flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory,
the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John appears as his witness. He proclaims: ‘This is the one of whom I said:
He who comes after me ranks before me because he existed before me.’
Indeed, from his fullness we have, all of us, received – yes, grace in return for grace, since, though the Law was given through Moses grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ
No one has ever seen God; it is the only Son, who is nearest to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
One of the saddest aspects of Christmas is we have lost the sense of awe and wonder that we should have at the Wisdom, Actions and Love of our Creator, as revealed in Jesus Christ, his only Son!
It is as if Our Creator has only one wish; - that we should know him and love him; - with the birth of Christ; - in a stable in Bethlehem; - being the divine effort to remove every obstacle to that wish, and to invite us to adore and worship, in company with the wise men!
“He came to his own domain and his own people did not accept him.
But to all who did accept him he gave power to become children of God”
This is not a love “story” but rather the reality of our God’s Love for us, and his desire we should return that love. In revealing the Divine Love to the world in this way, via a newborn child, God is telling us we should not be afraid to: (1) Kneel and adore this “God made man”, and (2) Learn from him how to become “Children of God”!