The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14)

Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6 ; John 1:1-18

Merry Christmas! Finally, our Advent preparations are over. Now we can celebrate Jesus, the Word made flesh.

There is a mystery and miracle in John’s words that we will never fully comprehend. Our holy and unap­proachable God—our majestic and all-wise Creator—has defied human logic. Rather than wait for us to come to our senses and return to him, he has humbled himself and come to us!

We don’t need to go to the ends of the earth to find God. We don’t need to fast from food or sleep. We don’t need to thread our way through theological textbooks. We don’t need to spend all our wak­ing hours in formal prayer. God is with us!

Because God has become a human being and shared in our ordinary life, we can find him right here and now, wherever we are. He jokes at our table. He welcomes our relatives with a hug. He listens as we express our simplest thanks as well as our deepest desires. We can find him in the innocence of a sleeping baby, the complexity a snowflake, the surprise of an unplanned encounter, and a line from a familiar carol. If we just slow down long enough, we can savor his presence today.

This is the key to the whole Christian life. We can be renewed by the sacraments because in them we touch Jesus. We can follow the moral code because he not only walked this road before us but walks it with us. We come to love other people, even the most repul­sive, because Jesus has died for all of us out of love. We can persevere to the end because Jesus went the whole distance, through death to life, in a human body like ours.

The Lord of the universe has chosen to make our familiar spaces his permanent dwelling. Don’t miss him!

“Father, you created the dignity of human nature and then restored it through your Son. Help us all to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity.”

 

The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14)

 

Merry Christmas! Finally, our Advent preparations are over. Now we can celebrate Jesus, the Word made flesh.

There is a mystery and miracle in John’s words that we will never fully comprehend. Our holy and unap­proachable God—our majestic and all-wise Creator—has defied human logic. Rather than wait for us to come to our senses and return to him, he has humbled himself and come to us!

We don’t need to go to the ends of the earth to find God. We don’t need to fast from food or sleep. We don’t need to thread our way through theological textbooks. We don’t need to spend all our wak­ing hours in formal prayer. God is with us!

Because God has become a human being and shared in our ordinary life, we can find him right here and now, wherever we are. He jokes at our table. He welcomes our relatives with a hug. He listens as we express our simplest thanks as well as our deepest desires. We can find him in the innocence of a sleeping baby, the complexity a snowflake, the surprise of an unplanned encounter, and a line from a familiar carol. If we just slow down long enough, we can savor his presence today.

This is the key to the whole Christian life. We can be renewed by the sacraments because in them we touch Jesus. We can follow the moral code because he not only walked this road before us but walks it with us. We come to love other people, even the most repul­sive, because Jesus has died for all of us out of love. We can persevere to the end because Jesus went the whole distance, through death to life, in a human body like ours.

The Lord of the universe has chosen to make our familiar spaces his permanent dwelling. Don’t miss him!

“Father, you created the dignity of human nature and then restored it through your Son. Help us all to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled himself to share in our humanity.”~wau

 

 

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About gemdk

I am a cradle Catholic who made my first Holy Communion over 5o years ago at All Saints Catholic Church in Houston,TX in 1961. Went to Mass every Sunday as a child and teen and then young adult. Fell away for about 12 years in the late 80's, early 90's and then realized what was missing in my life was my Catholic upbringing and faith. Found my home at Sacred Heart in Crosby. Filling up the void I had for those 12 years in more ways than I can imagine, loving every minute of it. But this blog is not about me as much as it is for me and anyone who wants/needs to hear the word of God. I'm merely the instrument God uses to post the readings.
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