December 25, 2013

The Gospel Today 

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord

John 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.
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.

Reflection (Sem. Eldrick Peña):

     As we celebrate the nativity of the Lord, may He, who humbled himself to become man like us, continue to dwell in the Bethlehem of our hearts.  He is the light from whom we should also draw our own light in order to light our path and to illumine the path of those who had been lost and astray.

     This Christmas, the invitation for all Christians is to really “incarnate” Jesus in our day to day life.  That through our own example, others will see that Christ is alive, He is the “Word made flesh” who came to bring salvation to all of us.  Amidst the lights and the sounds of the holidays, let us once again make our Christmas a CHRISTmas, where Jesus is the center and focus of our celebration.  Let Jesus be the reason for the season.

     May this season be a season of hope, that in spite of the calamities and the difficulties that had come our way in the past year, we may continue to find a reason to celebrate and move forward with faithful anticipation for greater things, yet to come through the grace and generosity of our Lord Jesus Christ.

     There is still reason to celebrate for “God is with us”.  And no amount of fear, no amount of disaster and trials can indeed separate us from the love of God.  God is inviting us to rejoice for His Son, the greatest expression of His love for mankind has come. Let us not miss that opportunity of welcoming Christ’s coming to our hearts.  May Jesus, the Divine Master, way, truth and life live in our hearts forever!

     The Lord is here.  Let us become bearers of his light!

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