“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
This is one of my favorite readings. The WORD dwells with us. The Word is willing to come and give us a message; and, not only give us a message but IS the Message.
I am inspired by the Christmas Eve reading from the Gospel of John which we heard again today as the last lesson. I love the image of Jesus Christ as the Word become flesh.
Before God came to us in human form God was distant, showing God only to the Israelites, his chosen people. He gave laws and commandments through people like Moses. People didn’t see God.
As we heard in the reading from Hebrews:
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”
When Christmas comes we celebrate Jesus birth, as the day God, the Word, came to dwell with us as a human. God is no longer distant; we see God in the flesh. Jesus came to save everyone not just the chosen people. We have all been chosen by God. God is with us. Everyone of us; no one is left out.
When John speaks of Jesus as the Word, he does so to convey that Jesus is both human and divine. Jesus is not just a messenger; Jesus is the message itself. The message, the Word itself, is that God is love, and all love is from God.
Jesus’ love for us is the most powerful love. Jesus was willing to give himself for us.
Christmas is associated with love, the spirit of giving and receiving, peace, joy, and happiness. Jesus, the Word Incarnate, is the reason for the celebration of Christmas. Jesus, the Word Incarnate, is all about love.
And God is always with us loving us. This Christmas season and everyday of our lives we have the opportunity, just as Mary did, to say yes to God and make room in our hearts and lives for The Word made flesh.
My Christmas prayer for each one of you is that you may know God’s love this Christmas. That the Word Incarnate finds a home in your hearts.