The Word became flesh

Daily reading: John 1:1-14                                                          
Saturday January 2, 2016

Focus passage: Everything came into being through the Word, and without the Word nothing came into being. John 1:3

John begins with the cosmic, drumming up images of the beginning of creation, reminding us that Jesus and God are one: he speaks of the moment our holy God created the universe.  In church we learn that God is different and holy and set apart.

The coming of Jesus into our world merges the holy with the ordinary, bringing flesh and bone to the Word so that we can learn firsthand how we are to follow God in this world.

Through Christ we learn that God loves us unconditionally and so we are called to love those that are hard to love. We learn that God is all forgiving and merciful and so we are called to not hold onto grudges or seek vengeance.  We learn that God is always seeking relationship and we are called to do the same.

Prayer: God of grace and peace, God of Word made flesh, we receive your arrival with joy, eagerness, and wonder.  As we ponder and pray our way through this Christmas season, we still sit in the mystery of your coming into our daily lives.  You come to redeem us from all that is incomplete, unworthy, and broken in ourselves and in our world.  Amen.


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