Flesh, Glory, Grace
Thursday of the Fourth Week of Advent
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 happy today.
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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.
Lord, help me to grow in
wonder at your love.
“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling
among 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?
“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?
“…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 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?
Conversation with 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
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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