Day 26 - December 25

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Reflection and Illustrations by Peter Bierer, Faith Formation Minister

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John 1:1-5:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” -John 1:1, 14

Today’s Gospel reminds us that Jesus existed from eternity and became Emmanuel (God with Us) at his birth which we celebrate today. The Incarnation (God taking on human flesh) did not end with Jesus death, resurrection and ascension. St. Paul reminds us that WE are the Body of Christ because we have Christ’s Holy Spirit dwelling within us. Therefore, the Incarnation continues through us! Glory to God in the Highest! How can we celebrate the joy of Christmas beyond these December and January days? What can you do to live the Incarnation and be Emmanuel for others?

Incarnation Quotes to Ponder:

God takes on flesh so that every home becomes a church, every child becomes the Christ-child, all food and drink become a sacrament. God’s many faces are now everywhere, in flesh, tempered and turned down, so that our human eyes can see him. God, in his many-faced face, has become as accessible, and visible, as the nearest water tap. That is the why of incarnation.  -Ronald Rolheiser, from The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality

The Son of God became human so that we might become divine. -St. Athanasius, 4th Century

Jesus was born in a stable, into a poor family…In this simple poverty heaven’s glory was made manifest.  -Catechism of the Catholic Church 525

For by His incarnation the Son of God has united Himself in some fashion with every man. He worked with human hands, He thought with a human mind, acted by human choice and loved with a human heart. Born of the Virgin Mary, He has truly been made one of us, like us in all things except sin.  -Gaudium et Spes, 22

The Church sees in men and women, in every person, the living image of God himself. This image finds, and must always find anew, an ever deeper and fuller unfolding of itself in the mystery of Christ, the Perfect Image of God, the One who reveals God to man and man to himself.   -Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 105