Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Reflection: John 1:1-18

The Nativity of the Lord

Mass during the day – John: 1:1-18

The Gospel for Christmas Day may surprise you. This reading is not one of the familiar Nativity narratives. Rather, this Gospel is the opening section of John’s Gospel. This Gospel begins with the statement: “In the beginning was the Word.”

John speaks of the “Word” being with God from the beginning of all time. John tells the people that Jesus, the Word, always “was” and always “will be.” He even goes into some detail about what this “Word” would do. John tells his listeners that the “Word” would testify to the Light. John also said that the “Word” would prophesy to his own people but that they would not believe or accept Him.

Christmas typically is a busy time. People are traveling, shopping, baking Christmas cookies, writing Christmas cards and so much else. On this Christmas day, I invite you to stop for 10-15 minutes and ask yourself, Who is Jesus Christ to me? Who is Jesus “for” me? Is He real to me or is Jesus simply a character in the Gospels?

Today, I also invite you to take some time and ask yourself: Who do you want Jesus to be to and for you? Jesus is here with us! It is our choice to open our door to Him! Jesus is waiting for us! If we open our hearts and our minds, Jesus will be born in us today—and every day! What a wonderful gift to receive each day!

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