The Nativity of the Lord
Gospel according to John 1:1-18
Blessed and Merry Christmas!
A simple reflection for a profound event: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”
The days leading up to Christmas have been filled with writing letters, baking and packing cookies, preparing gifts, visiting neighbors, friends and family. In the convent during Christmas Eve day many of us make visits, receive visitors and join in cleaning. The sound of Christmas carols and the aroma of holiday scented candles fills the air; it is a festive atmosphere and there is a sense of anticipation. In the coming days of the Christmas season there will surely be more occasions to reconnect with loved ones.
What is it about Christmas that draws us to reach out to others, to prepare our homes, and to make space and time to reconnect?
The Word, that is God, became flesh. God desired to reach out to us, to come close, to dwell among us. We are made in the image and likeness of God with the desire and need for relationship. Christmas is this amazing reminder that we are created to love; God loves us so much God prepared a home in Mary so the world could receive Jesus.
His life was like ours: vulnerable and dependent as an infant, questioning, curious and learning to be obedient as a child (finding of Jesus in the temple), enjoying friends and parties as a young adult (think wedding feast at Cana), growing deeper in his calling and identity as he matured (his baptism & following ministry).
As we celebrate this Feast of God’s great love, may we blessed with grace to continue to receive this love and to reach out to share it with others beyond the Christmas season, that the Word dwelling in us may continue to become flesh. We are Christ’s hands, Christ’s feet, Christ’s body in the world now. (From quote of St. Teresa of Avila).
We pray you and your loved one’s have a blessed Christmas Season!