Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Advent Calendar - Christmas Day

John 1: 1-18

Reflection by Sister Rose Mary Rexing
Director of Mission Integration, Memorial Hospital, Jasper, Indiana

The Christmas Gospel from John, chapter one, shares radical Good News — the WORD was made flesh and made his dwelling among us. We live in a world filled with words and more words. Texting has become a main way of communicating. Do our words build up and give life or tear down and destroy?

Today we celebrate the WORD, this WORD that was God, and the WORD was God. The phrase, “In the beginning” parallels the creation story in Genesis 1:1. At Christmas a new creation is happening. “Because of God’s great love for us, he took pity on us, and when we were dead in our sins he brought us to life with Christ, so that in him we might be a new creation.”

The “WORD” (Logos) is present in the Old Testament as the creative energy of God. The Greek term, logos, means order, reason, or harmony. The WORD, in the Gospel of John, is the one through whom all things were created and who was with God and turned toward God even before creation.

Let our words cease for some quiet moments this Christmas Day and may we become interiorly still to welcome the WORD. Let us invite the WORD into our hearts where the WORD lives and thrives and longs to be spoken. May the WORD influence every word we utter now and into the future.

God has spoken to us for all time in this WORD made visible, this God made a human being, this Jesus our brother. “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.”

No mere human words can describe the magnificent gift God has given to us. “From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” May the brightness and sound of the WORD shine in our hearts and our lives so that all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of God. Amen.

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