Mass Reading & Meditation for December 25, 2012
Meditation: John 1:1-18
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.”
Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98:1-6; Hebrews 1:1-6