O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.
In time the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you… Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God… Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High
THE GREATEST EXCHANGE OF GIFTS
At Bethlehem, humanity sees not only God-Made flesh but also receives an invitation to become God-like. God offers to make men and women by grace what Jesus Christ is by nature, namely, a beloved child of our heavenly Father. In Christ, God took on human attributes, in Christ humans can now take on the divine qualities of mercy, love, insight, and immortality.
In exchange for the humanity He takes, the Incarnate Word gives us a share in his divinity. God is born in time so we can be reborn in eternity. The Son of God becomes the Son of Man so men and women can become children of the one same Father in heaven.
BEHOLD A GREAT LIGHT SHATTERS THE DARKNESS!
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who lived in a land of gloom…a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing.” (Isaiah 9:1-2)
“The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen.” (Matthew 4:16)
“Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
Jesus is the Word made flesh…the Word Incarnate….Through Him comes Life….And this Life is the Light of the World ….darkness cannot keep out the Light….those who choose Light….become children of the Light….and testify to the Light…do I hide my light under a bushel or do I let it shine everywhere even where inconvenient in the public square…are there things hidden in my own life that needs the light of Christ…
Is this the Advent that lights up my soul to receive Jesus as Mary and Joseph did….The night the Christ Child was born, there was no room in the Inn….Is there room in my heart for the Christ Child…shepherds came and saw, then worshiped and spread the Good News…do I spread the Good News…Mary pondered all these mysteries in her heart…do I ponder the birth of Jesus in my heart…what other mysteries in my life do I ponder…
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