“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”

The Mass during Christmas Day presents the opening of the Gospel of John (Jn 1:1-18).  John introduces Jesus as the Word who exists from all eternity.  Through Him all things came to be and He Himself is the light of the world.  John the Baptist is shown to be the one who testified to the light so people might believe.  But Christ’s own people rejected Him anyway.  Those who did accept Him were able to become the children of God.  Becoming incarnate, the Son of God brought grace and truth to the world as well as revelation of the Father.  Over two thousand years ago the Word, the Light of the World, the Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity, was conceived in the womb of a humble Jewish girl.  Nine months later He was revealed to the world from a stable.  Ultimately rejected by the religious authorities He was tortured and killed.  But before this happened He gave to all generations His “flesh for the life of the world” (Jn 6:51) so that He could not only dwell among us but dwell in us in a manner “par excellence.”  It is worth recalling this often when we have the privilege of receiving the Lord in Holy Communion.  Let Jesus never be rejected again by those who receive Him, and may many others, through our efforts of evangelization, invite Christ to dwell with them as well.  May the blessings and peace of Christmas transform the world beginning with ourselves.

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