Thursday, 27 November 2014

Finding Christmas

A phrase often heard at this times is, "Now where did I put that Christmas ...? Something related to decorations no doubt, an annual undertaking at this time of year. Because we live in a society that celebrates Christmas, but less and less as a religious observance, finding the real Christmas can be a daunting task. But that is exactly why Advent is so important. Advent is all about finding Christmas.

Our search begins, not in the hall closet but in a book, the scripture to be exact, where the true story of Christmas begins. There mingled among the many words of scripture is The Word, the Word we are looking for, who is the Christ of true Christmas.

A good place to start looking is where we left off last Christmas, in St. John's gospel, in the prologue which makes up the gospel reading for the third mass of Christmas, the original Christmas mass.

I have broken the passage into twelve parts. My proposal is to take one of these selections and use it as the subject of our Advent meditation. It will take twenty-four days, and bring us to Christmas Eve. More to come.


In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.


All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.


What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.


A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.


He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.


The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.


He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.


But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision
but of God.


And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only Son,
full of grace and truth.


John testified to him and cried out, saying,
“This was he of whom I said,
‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’”


From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.


No one has ever seen God.
The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side,
has revealed him.

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