"THE WORD MADE FLESH"
Along with Mary, His mother, we must be open, not only to grasp His truth, but also to experience His love.
"The Word was made Flesh and dwelt among us." The Son of God is called the Word because He is the truth which God speaks to us.
The Word which God speaks to us is made human in Jesus Christ so that we might more easily listen to it. We can listen more easily because as human the Word is made understandable. It is divine truth brought within the grasp of human minds. And what is God's message spoken to us in Jesus, the Word made human? The message is love - God's infinite, incomprehensible love. "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son" (JN 3.)
This Christmas Day Mass we acclaimed this in the Responsorial Psalm The Lord has made His salvation known, in the sight of the nations He has revealed His justice (Ps 98: 2.) One can almost see the smile on the prophet Isaiah's face as he describes the glad tidings and Good News of the Lord's restoration of Zion. Isaiah urges the people to break out into song for God has comforted His people. God's salvation calls for shouts of joy and singing of praises.
Today we celebrate the day God entered His own creation by becoming human. How can we authentically honor this day? One way is to notice and truly relish our own experience of being human. So often we hurry through the hours heedless of the many sensations to be enjoyed. This Christmas may we appreciate the warmth of our beds; our hot shower; our holiday meal; and give our undivided attention to the words and music of Christmas. In other words, may we be childlike. At the end of the day we will know something of what Emily Dickinson meant when she wrote the following. "To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else."
Points to Pray and Ponder: It takes time to absorb truth and it takes time to experience the love. Therefore as we ponder the Word-made-flesh, along with Mary, His mother, we must be open, not only to grasp His truth, but also to experience His love.
+Have A Blessed Merry Christmas 2015. Deacon John