First Reading: 1 John 2:18-21
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 96
Gospel: John 1:1-18
It is amazing how this Christmas time is a strong reminder of how much God loves us. Think about the following verse from the gospel of John today:
"And the Word became flesh
and made His dwelling among us,
and we saw His glory,
the glory as of the Father's only Son,
full of grace and truth."
When I look back on human history and of stories of the old testament, I am certain that we did not do anything special to receive this great gift of salvation. In fact when I look back at the past and then reflect on the world today, I am certain that there is nothing that we have done that would merit such life saving grace. So why were we so privileged? Why were we given the amazing gift of salvation? Why did we get to see and live with the Son of God and why was He revealed to us? Why did God humble Himself and come down to earth as one of us? Why do we get to have a chance to spend the rest of our lives with God? The only and best answer that I can come up with is ... because He loves us. It is only through love that you can give someone a gift that they are not deserving of. It is only through love that you can continue to take some one back after every time they turn away from you. It is only through love that you can humble yourself for the sake of others. "And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us."
Thanks be to God for His love and mercy! "Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!"
Father above, we thank you for this day. Help us to serve you with all that we have and all that we are. Lord we thank you for loving us so much and we thank you for all the blessings that you give. Lord we pray for all those who do not know your love, may they be brought into the light. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.