The Word Made Flesh Is Among Us!
Readings: 1st: Is 52:7-10; Ps: 97:1-6; 2nd: Heb 1:1-6; Gos: John 1:1-18
This brief reflection was written by Rev. Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a Member of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost Fathers and Brothers (Spiritans). He is currently working with the Spiritan International Group of Puerto Rico & Dominican Republic. He is the Administrator of Parroquia La Resurrección del Senor, Canovanas and the Chancellor of the Diocesis of Fajardo-Humacao, Puerto Rico. For more details and comments contact him on: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders.” Today is Christmas day, the day we have long awaited and prepared for. Christmas is a milestone in the history of our salvation. So, it wonderful to know that “God is With Us.”
Today, God has proved the depth of his love by fulfilling his promise. The Word of God is no longer just the message spoken by prophets. It is now, a human person. The Word has become flesh through the Blessed Virgin Mary. The central message of today’s celebration is the incarnation and the fullness of God’s divine revelation in Christ.
Our first reading from Isaiah finds its sphere of accomplishment in the birth of Jesus Christ, and in His life and ministry. Isaiah proclaims: “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the one who brings Good News.” In deed the Good News himself is among us. It is the Good News of love, peace, charity, and happiness. Above all, it is a Good News of life and salvation.
Therefore, we, who have waited faithfully, patiently, and vigilantly during the season of Advent, must raise our voices and shout for joy, because the Lord our God is now with us. The call of the prophet today is a call to celebrate Emmanuel, God with us. It is a call to be joyful.
In our second reading, the letter to the Hebrews captures, and presents what God did for us today in a spectacular manner: “God Spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; but in our own time…he has spoken to us through the son he appointed to inherit everything…He is the radiant light of God’s glory and the perfect copy of his nature….”
The letter to the Hebrews simply means that God has fulfilled the promise he made through the prophet in the past. This is by revealing the hidden mystery of our salvation. Now, we are the favored ones. That is, as many of us as have received the new born baby into our hearts. Revelation has reached its apogee today and the hidden mystery of the old covenant has been fully revealed in Jesus Christ. Therefore, we need no more public revelation.
The gospel of John also gives us a synopsis of what happened today. That is, the divine incarnation of God: The Word was made flesh, He lived among us, and we saw His glory.” The Word which was with the Father as Spirit is now with us both as flesh as well as spirit. Hence, while not losing His divinity, God through Christ his son, has condescended to become like us. What a great love that God has shown to us his people!
Therefore, today we celebrate Sacrifice. So, we too must be ready to sacrifice something for the good of our brothers and sisters as Christ did by coming to share in our nature. We celebrate today Humility. So, we must learn to be humble from Christ who in spite of being God, took our nature. We celebrate the reign of peace. That is, peace not as the world gives it, but as God promised to offer it to those who believe in him (Jn 14:21). Also, we celebrate the accomplishment of hope in Jesus Christ.
Finally, today is a day of joy. So, I wish all of you my dear brethren a wonderful and fun filled celebration this joyful season. Therefore, let us: “Sing psalms to the Lord with harps. With the sound of trumpets and the sound of the horn, let us acclaim the King, the Lord” who is with us. Merry Christmas!
Peace be with you all!