Gospel Reflections

Feast of the Nativity Daytime

John 1:1-18

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Ginny Scally

Published: December 25, 2018


In the late John O’Donohue’s famous book, Anam Cara, we are invited, in his Prologue, to ponder the gift of words. He describes the mysterious, intimate, silent, inner world that we reveal, when we speak to one another: “Each person brings sound out of silence and coaxes the invisible to become visible.... Words are like the god Janus, they face outward and inward at once.” What a GIFT the Word of God-made-flesh IS to us then… the mysterious, transcendent, INVISIBLE, “inner-ness” of God, made VISIBLE in God’s Word! JESUS! …the inward, intimate, indescribable Mysterium choosing to reveal God’s hidden Self to humanity by speaking a God-Word to us! … GOD choosing to become see-able, touch-able, hear-able, in the incomprehensible, outward birthing of a human-divine baby, Jesus of Nazareth, in our recorded human history!

WHO IS THIS WORD? … WHAT DOES THIS WORD REVEAL OF GOD TO US TODAY? … This birth, some 2,000 + years ago, cannot solely be only for remembering, as beautiful and as tender as the Christmas story is. Perhaps then, we don’t “prepare” each Advent by only remembering an event that is limited to history… an event in the past. That seems to be the way of many in our world: “ It’s a nice story, but “…  and the way many in our world would have it: as something irrelevant that happened a long time ago that doesn’t have any impact on the here or now! BUT … we believe something different! … We believe that The Word is a Living, Active Word! … We believe that the Word is now The CHRIST! … The Risen One! …  and in the words of Ilia Delio and Teihard de Chardin, The Cosmic One! … The One Who Continues to be Birthed! … The One who is The Christ-In-The Making! … The One we are evolving toward as the Kingdom of God becomes reality… so, will our good God abandon us NOW, to our own devices?

If our God still “so loves our world” THIS December 25th, how much more will God not pour out abundant graces on the Earth, on all creation and on all people of good will? and maybe even, on all those with NOT so good will too, with hope, because we can never again be separated from God through Christ. AND …  if we human beings celebrate the Birthdays of those we care about with love and gifts and good wishes each year, will not our God at least speak the Word to us anew? this Christmas?  AND … are we not, as a planet, as a world community, and as a country experiencing “a cold, hard coming” of it NOW?

And so we longingly and lovingly pray this Christmas Day, “COME, WORD OF GOD MADE FLESH AND RISEN, COME, AND BE BIRTHED IN US ANEW. TEACH US HOW TO ENFLESH YOU IN OUR DAILY LIVES, THROUGH ENDLESS, HIDDEN ACTS OF KINDNESS, LOVE, MERCY, TOLERANCE, RESPECT, WELCOME, TRUTH-TELLING, REVERENCE, INTEGRITY, FAITH, AND MOSTLY IMPORTANTLY, HOPE IN YOUR POWER TO TRANSFORM US INTO YOUR HOLY PEOPLE! May we humbly welcome your Word made flesh in us this Christmas day, Amen.

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