“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” vs. 14
There is a sense in which the word “Christmas” is misleading. For example, the word itself could give the impression that Christ was born on Christmas, and that just isn’t the case. John tells us clearly that the Christ brought all things into existence and has been around since the beginning. So it would probably be more accurate to say that today is “Jesusmas,” the moment in which the Christ became flesh! Of course that probably won’t catch on, and neither will the great truth that Christmas is not unique, that it happens again and again as each of us become children of God. Think of it! Christ has become flesh in us as surely as in Jesus of Nazareth. And what a blessing this has been to our world! For in us shines the glory of God, full of grace and truth. Indeed, this is how we’ve come to know God! We don’t meet God while standing in the chancel of an empty cathedral. Rather, we become acquainted with God, we know God, through our contacts with the saints living in the world around us, in the form of mothers, fathers, friends, and people down the street. Here is where we experience grace and unconditional love, here is where we have met the Christ, and it happens again as others encounter us! And this is the true meaning of Christmas!
Thought for the Day: For whom will I be the Christ today?