The Gospel Today
The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
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. Jesus S. Salamanca Jr.)
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” These are the first words in the Gospel of St. John. This is how the evangelist starts his narration of his Master’s story.
Today, we celebrate the most colorful and joyous day of the whole year – Christmas day. And in celebrating this solemnity, the Gospel tells us how Jesus, from being co-eternal with the Father from the beginning, becomes man. For some, it is a mystery of faith, a theological thing. But for me, it is much easily understood as a story of love and mercy. Christmas indeed is the love story of the merciful Father with us, His people. It is a love that makes Him offer His only begotten Son to us.
Each year as Christmas Day approaches, television channels are filled with Christmas-themed programs, shows and commercials. There are many wonderful stories of Christmas. Yet, even if the modern world introduces stories associated with Christmas like Sta. Claus and other fairy tales, the story of a baby boy born in the stable is the best story for me. I love to watch it over and over again because it speaks not only about the mystery, but more of the love story and how God humbled Himself for His beloved people. We joyfully celebrate this day not for any other reason, but for God’s love for us. Let this day become a celebration of love and mercy, especially to the poor and the needy.
This Christmas, let us retell the story of Jesus to one another. If this year we have faced many challenges and difficulties in life, let the story of Jesus comfort and assure us. If we are sick, let the story of Jesus tell us how much He cares for us. Let His story tell us how much we are loved and valued. We have to go back to the love of Jesus. Let us always remember His story and make our life story one with Christ’s. May God make the story of our life the story of love like that of Jesus.