O Jesus, thank you for leaving the Father’s side and becoming a man.
(Imagine Mary telling the angel, Gabriel, that she would be God’s mother.)
Mark begins his gospel with John the Baptist. Matthew and Luke begin their gospels with infancy stories. John begins his gospel in heaven. Quickly, the gospel enters into human history, as “The Word became flesh and dwelled among us.” The text is used today because tomorrow will be a new beginning.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder those that attract you.)
- Jesus is the Word, perfectly conceived in the mind of the Father.
- He is God, equal to the Father.
- Through him and in him, the whole world was created.
- Yet, when he came into the world, people did not recognize him.
- Even his Jewish people did not understand that he was sent by the Father.
- He was a light removing the darkness.
- He filled all who believed with divine life, making them God’s children.
- He became flesh. He lived among us. People could see his glory. That is the mystery of Christmas.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- Jesus, you are eternal. You come from the Father.
- Jesus, you created everything. You own the whole world. You own me. I am yours.
- Jesus, I recognize you. I know who you are.
- Come into my life. I welcome you.
- You are life, full life, abundant life, God’s life.
- Make me a child of God, so I will live forever in perfect happiness.
- You have become flesh. People have seen you and recorded your words.
- Thank you for being born among us.
Resolution: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ In this Christmas season, I will reflect on this greatest mystery – the Word became flesh.
+ More than anything else, I will cherish being a child of God. This is Jesus’ gift.