“So, this is Christmas…” We are officially in the Christmas season, even though for weeks, everywhere we turned, Christmas was, in many ways, already being celebrated. How ought we to celebrate when all around us now there is “Christmas fatigue”, and the decorations are being removed, the songs no longer played, and our culture is turning towards its next holiday? We celebrate by abiding in the presence of Jesus, the Word made flesh, the One revealed amazingly in this prologue of John’s Gospel, which we read on this First Sunday of Christmas. If we express desire to abide, grace to abide shall be given. We will experience the intimacy of the Triune God’s very own life. The Word was made flesh so to introduce us into such intimacy. Hence the brilliant truth of what St. Leo the Great once preached on a Christmas morning almost 1600 years ago: “O Christian, be aware of your nobility: it is God’s own nature that you share.”
I wish you awareness of nobility, quiet awe, moments of adoration, sweet joy and peace from the Word made flesh. Again and again, Merry Christmas.
Yours in Christ,