This Sunday celebrates the Word made flesh as “the true light that enlightens all men”. When he became flesh “we saw his glory, the glory that is his as the only Son of God, full of grace and truth”. Lets confess ways we do not walk in his light..
The words of a song I heard during the week is apt for today. Its about a mother and son. He comes in and puts a paper before his mother: for mowing the lawn 2 dollars, for watching my little brother 1 dollar, for putting out the garbage 2 dollars and so on. The mother thinks, turns over the page and writes: for the 9 months I carried you growing inside me – no charge; for the nights I sat up with you, doctored you prayed for you, no charge; for buying your clothes and wiping your nose, no charge; for the advice, the knowledge, the cost of your college, no charge. She finishes by saying, added up the cost of true love is no charge. The son realizes his ingratitude and embraces his mother.
We’re like that with God. He sent his only son to enlighten us. But far from appreciating all he did for us, we can make more unreasonable demands. God might write in reply: for the world and life I gave you, no charge; for still loving you when you turned away from me to follow your own destructive desires, no charge; for sending my son to bring you back to happiness, perfection and innocence, no charge; for the agonies he suffered for you, no charge; for giving Him as your ageless light and help, no charge; for His victory over sin and death for you, no charge; for the church he set up as your home and guide forever, no charge; for the heaven he prepared where we can live forever if you choose, no charge. When added up, the cost of God’s love is no charge.
In this Christmas season that’s what we celebrate, God the Father’s immense love poured out for us in the Word made flesh. Our response should be love in return, working with Christ to bring salvation to all. For at Christmas we receive a great vocation, to be instruments of Christ’s peace to the world. Let our new year’s resolution be to rededicate our lives to Him. For
in the baby in the manger we see “the true light that enlightens all men”. We should work and pray that our children, and all God’s children will walk in the light that holy child provided for us. That’s our mission. To shout to the world: “the word became flesh and dwelt among us”. Let say with the carol: “cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today”. For his birth long ago is useless unless He lives in the hearts of all on earth so that they are born to glory, peace, love, innocence and truth.
The song says of the Christ child, “the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight”. Living in the light of the Word made flesh is everybody’s way back to glory, its the resting place for every restless human heart. That’s why we’re so full of joy and happiness at this time. For the lord not only came as humble child but He is with us forever as Savior. He not only came, but stayed to finish his work: “behold I’m with you all days now even to the end of the world, and the gates of hell cannot prevail against you”. Our role is to remain to help him in that saving work, so that he will come at last in triumph. For at Christmas we also prepare for the Second Coming. Our hope is that then, with our help now, faithful of all races and nations will go out to meet Him, the goal of existence. For sinful worldly values fade to ashes at last, but He is lord of love, peace and salvation for happiness in this world and forever and ever, amen.
So as God’s people sharing the blessings of the Word made flesh, and serving Him in returned love, lets profess our faith..
Prayers of the Faithful
For our Holy Father and all the leaders of the church, that they may be humble servants of the Word made flesh, promoting light, love, peace, faith and equal standards of living in the world.
For our youth that, enlightened by Christ they may keep the faith and work for all that’s good in the church and the world..
For ourselves that in our homes and communities, may we be faithful servants of Christ and so light up the world unto God..
For the sick, the aged, the lonely and the oppressed that we may be the hands of Christ reaching out to them with love and care..
For civic leaders, that they may serve all the people under their
care, free from corruption, favoritism and self-seeking greed..
For the dead that they may share the glory of the Word made flesh in the heaven that he has prepared for all his faithful..
And we ask all these prayers through Christ, our Golden Prince of love and care both for this world and forever, amen.
The late Mother Theresa was a perfect example of someone caring for all as the hands of Christ, the light of the world. She tells of going in to conference on world poverty one day and seeing a poor sick man lying just outside the door of the conference center. She picked him up and cared for him. She notes that all the grand people inside were waffling away, solving all the world’s problems in theory, while that poor man, like Lazarus in the gospel, was dying at their gates. We pray that our charity in the service of Christ, the light of the world, may be more than words but real help for the needy around us..Hail Mary.