“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14
As we enter into the season of Advent we enter into a season where we are preparing our hearts for hope, our lives for peace, our souls for joy, and our spirits for life in the Christ who comes and dwells among us. Jesus comes as the Light of the World to illuminate us so that we can see the grace and truth of God . But he comes as incarnation- the very life and presence of God who is not just divine but human and divine. He is both of God and made flesh for our sake. St. John says that Christ is the Word made flesh. He is the very essence and life of God that is human and comes and lives and dwells with us, knowing our pain, feeling our sorrow, being one of us, except without sin.
This is the true hope, peace, joy, and life we prepare for as we celebrate his birth. It is the joy of dwelling in this Christ who is one of us, who saves us in his love, and moves us to follow him so that we can know how to love God, each other, and our world. I love the Christmas time when the lights are out, the music is playing, and people are readying for the celebration of that day. As a child I was fascinated by the many traditions of Christmas: my mother baking her stolen bread, the tree going up, the Advent candles being lit, the secrets and the music, and the TV specials and all that goes with this season, But now I see as an adult that what we celebrate is not what we get from each other but what we receive from God: an incarnation – God dwelling with us in Christ Jesus that we would be saved from evil and sin and know how to love as God loves us.
This is what we truly celebrate, in so many different ways, a Savior is born! This is what we prepare for in our hope of God, in the peace that calms our hearts in Jesus, in the joy that enlightens and uplifts our souls, and in the life we receive from the Word being flesh, dwelling with us, and bringing us home to God. A Savior is born and in him we know who God is, love God more fully in Jesus, and seek to serve our Lord by the way we love as God loves.
May your Advent be a time to prepare for the Christ dwelling among us and your Christmas be a celebration that Jesus is here.
Blessings for a Merry Christmas and a Joyful New Year!
Peace and Blessings