Feast of Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist
In today’s first reading, St. John writes to us:
…what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life - for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it…we proclaim [this] now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us…so that our joy may be complete. (1 Jn. 1-4)
During this Christmas season, the Word of life comes to us, not in some arbitrary idea, but as a real living, breathing baby. The Lord welcomes us to see this babe with our eyes and hold this babe with our hands and invite others hold him too, so together our joy may be complete. Our first encounter with the Word of life is as a meek and mild baby.
Have you caught sight of a tender moment between a mother and baby, and smiled? Jesus wants us to see him and smile like that.
Do you have a godchild or niece/nephew that you cannot wait to hold when you visit? Jesus wants us to race to hold him like that.
Are you a proud grandparent, regularly sharing photos of your grandchild? Jesus wants us to share him like that.
God has not come as remote, unclear or untouchable. Rather, he comes so near that he becomes one of us, and as a baby no less, needing to be seen and heard and held. He welcomes us to a very personal relationship from the start.
One of my Christmas prayers will be I take a good, long snuggle with baby Jesus and remember how much I love and adore him. I would be most grateful to share that prayer with you.
Christina Crow, Sacramental Coordinator, Office for Campus Ministry