Christmas – Year B

In the beginning was the Word:
the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things came to be,
not one thing had its being but through him.
All that came to be had life in him
and that life was the light of men,
a light that shines in the dark,
a light that darkness could not overpower.
A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness,
as a witness to speak for the light,
so that everyone might believe through him.
He was not the light,
only a witness to speak for the light.
The Word was the true light
that enlightens all men;
and he was coming into the world.
He was in the world
that had its being through him,
and the world did not know him.
He came to his own domain
and his own people did not accept him.
But to all who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to all who believe in the name of him
who was born not out of human stock
or urge of the flesh
or will of man
but of God himself.
The Word was made flesh,
he lived among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father,
full of grace and truth.
John appears as his witness, He proclaims:
‘This is the one of whom I said:
He who comes after me
ranks before me
because he existed before me.’
Indeed, from his fullness we have, all of us, received –
yes, grace in return for grace,
since, though the Law was given through Moses,
grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God;
it is the only Son, who is nearest to the Father’s heart,
who has made him known.

Jn 1:1-18

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God” (John 1:1-2). The opening of John’s Gospel takes us back before the dawn of Creation and reveals that the Word not only existed but enjoyed a dynamic relationship with God the Father. John proclaims the Word and Jesus Christ to be one and the same. Jesus shares the same essence, the same divinity, with God the Father but is a distinct person.

The Good News we hear on Christmas morning acknowledges the Incarnation of the Word. Proclaiming “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth” (Verse 14) makes us witnesses to the Revelation of the divine in the human story. Jesus as the only Son of God makes known to us God the Father. According to John, the Christmas story is the dynamic of the Word of God taking on human form in Jesus Christ, who reveals the heart of God to humankind.

Christmas, celebrated by the Church on December 25, is a joyful celebration because God brings us hope and joy by sharing in our humanity. It is the greatest expression of love. Jesus is the light that brings enlightenment. Through the Incarnation, and truly believing in it, we are now able to share, to partake in the divine nature as children of God. God claims us as God’s own.

Dennis Kurtz

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