Monday 23 November 2015

Christmas Mass of the Day Noel Messe du Jour

“The Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us ; and we saw his glory, the glory that he has from the Father as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Is.52,7-10 Ps.97 He.1,1-6 Jn.1,1-18

Christmas Mass of the Day “In the beginning was the Word.”

“In the beginning” God created heaven and earth, so the first words of the Bible tell us! The first verse of the Prologue has us contemplate the Word who has not been created, but who exists before all time; He is ’close to the Father’. He does not exist for himself, but he is turned towards God. He receives himself from God whilst giving himself to Him at the same time. The Word is the masterpiece of Creation, since everything has been made by him and nothing exist outside of him. Saint John the Evangelist applies these two words to the figure of Jesus whom he will present as ’The Light of the world“and ’The Resurrection and the Life.”

The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness could not overpower it. It is the strength of the power of the tiny little Child in the crib in his combat against darkness.

’In the beginning was the Word : the Word was with God and the Word was God.

Through him all things came into being, not one thing came into being except through him.

The Word became flesh and dwelt within us.“God became man so that man become God by participation with Him. We are contemplating such a great mystery : God reveals Himself as Love. He spoke to us through his Son, heir of all things. He, who created the world is the splendid Reflection of his being! We find happiness from Mary’s tiny little child from whom transpires God’s Joy and Peace. So this is what is announced to the whole earth.Heaven is celebrating, God is not far away from us.”The Word was the real Light that gave light to everyone ; he was coming into the world. He was in the world that had come into being through him, and the world did not recognise him.“”Indeed, from his fullness, we have, all of us, received-one gift after another, for the Law was given through Moses, grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ."

We are the heart of the Prologue, at the heart of Johannine thinking. We see new words appear :’ flesh’, ’glory’, ’Only Son’,’ Father’.

We knew that the Word existed since before all time, for all Eternity, and that through Him all things came into being- now we learn that He came into the history of mankind. He the Only Son, took on our flesh and ’we saw his glory, the glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth."

The Word of God resounded, and at the crib the shepherds see Jesus with Mary and Joseph. Now Jesus’ Secret spreads throughout the whole Church : the Messengers announce the Good News of the Lord come to his own, the poor. Whatever our race, our social standing ,we can come to join the Child Jesus at Christmas. God puts his pleasure in the children of mankind, this is where he finds his happiness, he is our God. There, in the most intimate part of our lives, of our being, we join up with Him to live through him. He comes to us at Christmas to raise us up to Him. From the crib to the crucifixion, he is already offered up in a sacrifice of Love. The One born in a crib becomes the Bread of Life. We share the bread and drink of the Cup of salvation so as to become his face, his witnesses.

’How lovely on the mountains are the feet of the One who brings Good News!’ It is our vocation and such a beautiful one.

“Through him all things came into being; not one thing came into being except through him.What has come into being was life, life that was the light of men.”

“No one has ever seen God; it is the Only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.”

And so everything lights up and becomes clear : Jesus Christ, the Only Son is the Word made Flesh.

In Him, God brought humanity to the fullness of grace. Through Him, the Father became known. Such is the heart of the Christian Revelation. in Jesus Christ ’God planted his tent.’ He made Himself into the Living Word, so that we would discover his true face and our own true face. In Jesus Christ, the Word

became flesh, creation was taken hold of by the One who is at the origin of all things.He is the One who converses with the Father in a unique manner. so that we come to recognise in each human being Divine Light in order to become God’s children.

’How lovely on the mountains are the feet of Him who brings Good News, messengers of peace!’

We become Jesus’ messengers . ’There was a man sent by God, his name was John. He came to bear witness so that all would believe through him. This man wasn’t the Light.’

In this text about John, the messenger from God and God made man are interwoven. Mystery of the Word of God who is so human, of this prodigious mystery where humanity and Divinity are now indissolubly united : how lovely they are those who speak of God with the very language of God, those who have entered into Hs Love.To all those who have received Him, He has given to them the power to become a child of God.

We ask Mary for the grace to journey on the road with us and to have us be born again in Jesus.