Today is the Feast of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas). Wishing you Christmas peace and joy! We’ve all heard expressions like - words are a dime a dozen. But we have also heard or even said things like – I give you my word, my word is my bond, or, my word is good as gold. Words alone, if they are to carry any value or merit, must be backed up with real concrete action. I love you is a wonderful sentiment, but is meaningless if not followed up by deeds of care, thoughtfulness, and service… Words, if they are truly to mean something, must become flesh!
What we celebrate with Christmas is how God’s words of love and mercy were backed up with one of the greatest actions ever in human history, the Word becoming flesh in the person of Jesus Christ – the mystery of the Incarnation, expressed beautifully in the poetic prologue we hear in John’s gospel Christmas Day.
In Jesus, God literally gives us God’s Word, A Word that is God’s bond, A Word even greater than gold. In Jesus, all that God has said in Salvation history and through all the prophets becomes flesh. And that Word, in the person of Jesus, makes its dwelling among us – Emmanuel, our God is with us!