Flesh, Glory, Grace
Today I will strive to show special joy and goodness in my relations with others, especially with my family
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Prayer: Lord, thank you for this Christmas day. I believe that you became a little child to
redeem me and show me the Father’s love. I love you. Your birth shows the depth of your love for me.
I choose to recommit myself today to be a Christian in love with you.
Petition: Lord, help me to grow in wonder at your love.
“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among usdwelt amongst us.” For most families,
Christmas is a day of special closeness. We take time to be with each other. We also know that God
is close. He is that “someone” who unites us in love. Today, in astonished silence, we contemplate
the Christ Child. Amid all the excitement and emotion of our Christmas day we cannot help but stop
in amazement: My God lets me put my arms around him. Here is an amazing mystery of closeness. Here
is where all human closeness finds its greatest expression. It is God’s initiative. He became flesh.
He lives among us. Do I let myself draw close to Christ? Do I allow him to love me? Do I allow
myself to love him?
2. Glory: “And we saw his
glory.” For John, the glory of God that shines in the face of Christ is the glory of love. Jesus
glories in being able to love —-- in being able to love us. What an amazing God we have! He defies
our reason. His Christmas glory lies in making himself so humble that he becomes a tiny child
dependent on our love. His glory will later consist in embracing his cross and dying out of love for
us. Do I appreciate this glorious love? Am I ready to enter into its mystery? Am I ready to make my
heart today shine with this glory of God’s love?
3. Grace: “…Full of grace and truth.” The grace spoken of here is the Father’s
loving glance. Jesus brings the Father’s loving glance to our world, to our lives. He transforms our
world into the very place where the Father finds his Son. The Father is pleased; Christ lives among
us. This is the grace that is Christ: God’s initiative of love. Grace is a gift. It does not depend
on me. I simply have to accept and receive it. I simply have to appreciate it, as John did. Do I
appreciate Christ? Do I try to make my life a gift like his was?
Christ: Jesus, thank you for this Christmas day. I know it may be busy, but I also know it is
very beautiful. It is beautiful because you are here, Lord. Thank you for being here this Christmas
day. I want to love you as Mary did. I want to bring your grace and glory to those around
Resolution: Today I will strive to show special joy and goodness in my
relations with others, especially with my family. I will look for an extra way to make each of them
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