In spite of all the darkness in the world around us, in John’s gospel we celebrate the fact that the Advent prayer of expectation, “thy kingdom come,” has been replaced by Isaiah’s words of “Your God reigns,” The time of waiting and anticipating the arrival of the Saviour has been replaced by the knowledge that the miracle has taken place. The baby is born and lives among us.
A new beginning. That is why the Word became flesh. That is why God’s only Son came to this earth, born in a stable to a poor average couple. Born in this humble beginning so that everyone, from all nationalities and all walks of life, can feel secure enough to come to him for strength and healing.
The words from John’s gospel are the very essence of why we celebrate the birth of the babe in the manger. The new light which is the Son of God, coming into the world. This is why we celebrate with joy and thanksgiving. The light that is full of grace. The light that gives us hope.
Lord God, thanks be to God for the Christmas miracle of making the Word become flesh. Amen. — JKU