Seventh Day of Christmas

December 31, 2018 / By: Office for Spirituality

1 Jn 2:18-21/Jn 1:1-18

As we continue this octave of Christmas, the Gospel today brings us one of the most beautiful and profound readings of the New Testament, the prologue of John. This reading reveals to us the mystery of the Incarnation, the fact that God became one of us, through his Logos, revealing himself to the world. What the words of the prophets for centuries tried to communicate was summed up in the Incarnate Word. Saint John of the Cross, talking about the way in which God spoke through his Son, says that the Father was left speechless after having spoken all he had to say to the world through his Word.

Here lies the great meaning of Christmas: that in Jesus "God became man so that man might become God." Taking our humanity, God went to all the places where there was sin, sorrow, and despair and cast the light of his love, raised up our broken humanity, and united it to himself so that it could be transformed and healed. In Christ we have received “grace upon grace” revealing to us the great love of God to the world.

As we celebrate the last day of this year and prepare for what 2019 has to bring, we have the chance to reflect on the gifts we have received. Whether we have experienced joy, pain, success, or difficulties, it is an occasion to see where God has been present in our lives through this year. May we also have the wisdom to listen to his Word and the continuous ways in which God continues to give us “grace upon grace.”

Office for Spirituality