Reflection: Christmas Day

Chinese Mass:Every Sunday 2:15 p.m.

Our Lady of the Assumption RC Church, Assumption Priory, Victoria Park Square, Bethnal Green E2 9PB (map)

After Mass you are welcome to join the community for a tea gathering

Bible study/sharing every Saturday (2:00-4:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church, 5 Leicester Place WC2H 7BX (near See Woo Chinese Supermarket, Leicester Square tube station)

Talk and discussion meeting First Monday of every month (4:00-6:00 p.m.) at Notre Dame De France Church

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[1st Reading – Is.52:7-10; Ps.97; 2nd Reading – Heb.1:1-6; Gospel – Jn.1:1-18]

“THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH AND HE LIVED AMONG US”

John starts his gospel and therefore his life of Christ by giving us a summary of the teachings of Christ.  He is sending us to the book basis, to the Genesis… when God created the world.  He is telling us that it all started there with God at the beginning, and there with God it has to end.  The beginning becomes the starting point and the end point from which it will start again.  It is the beginning of a relationship, of communication… the essence of God.

According to John, the gospel writer, the first action that was ever done from the beginning of time or even before the beginning of time was that God said the WORD.  This can be understood as the ‘spoken Word’ and therefore the ‘word created’, that which has been said… and at the same time it can also mean the one who said the ‘word’, in other words, the Creator of the word.

John says that at the beginning there was the Word which was with God and which was at the same time God.  For us, who have the knowledge of the teaching of the Church, it is quite easy to arrive to the conclusion that the Word is Jesus… Yet, John enters deeply into this.

We said that the first thing that God did ‘at the beginning’ was to say something, to say the ‘Word’.  When He said something it was ‘done’, because God said it… He ‘keeps’ his word.  And God did not just say any Word.  God said the Word through which ‘all things came to be’.  The creation narrative can now be understood better because God is saying something through which he is revealing himself and through which he is sharing himself and making himself known to others… who, like the Word itself, are created by the One who is saying the Word.  All this seems difficult to understand unless we keep in mind the creation of the world when God said… and therefore things were created through his Word… He created the Light… and he also created the Life… not only life in itself (animals, vegetation, human beings…), but also the source of Life itself, which was the ‘light of men’.  This source of life was to be the light that shines in the dark… and a light that the darkness could not overpower.  Now it is easier to understand that John is speaking of Jesus… because Jesus himself said these things while he was with his disciples.  And John could only say these things after he had listened to Jesus and had the experience of him.  John says that the Word was made flesh and that he lived among us, and he continues “we saw his glory, the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.”  This WORD is the Son of the Father… It is this Word that was made flesh. And we too can see his glory, the glory of the Son of God, if we accept him in our life.  And if we accept Jesus, we will also see the face of God… as Jesus, the WORD of God, said!  Therefore what God had said/promised from the beginning of time was kept because God keeps his Word.  All the Words/Promises that he has given in olden times had become true in Jesus, the Word of God.  God kept his promise and made a covenant with us through His Son!

But although this Word was spoken, not everyone was ready to accept it.  Those who accepted it, they became children of God because God was communicating with them his same being.  The reference of John the Baptist as a witness, is an assurance that this Word was not spoken uselessly, but someone was ready to accept it and become witness to it so that the same Word will continue to be spoken.

It is for us therefore to accept this Word (Jesus) in our heart and be ready to speak it and therefore become witnesses of this WORD in our life.

“Lord, you decided to become the Word of God to be able to be part of our life.  Give us the wisdom that we need to be able to Listen to your Word, accept you in our life and ‘do it’ because it is Your Word become alive in us to give us life. Thank you Lord!”

 

Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv.

(Permission to reproduce on this site by Fr. Jesmond, St. Patrick’s RC Church, Waterloo http://www.stpatrickwaterloo.org.uk/ )

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