(Note: Since there are four different liturgies on this
day, we selected the Gospel from the Mass during the
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. He was in the beginning with God. All
things came to be through him, and without him
nothing came to be. What came to be through him
was life, and this life was the light of
the human race; the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it. A man named
John was sent from God. He came for testimony,
to testify to the light, so that all might believe
through him. He was not the light, but came
to testify to the light. The true light, which
enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in
the world, and the world came to be through
him, but the world did not know him. He
came to what was his own, but his own people
did not accept him. But to those who did
accept him he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name, who
were born not by natural generation nor by human
choice nor by a man´s decision but of God. 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.
John testified to him and cried out, saying, "This
is he of whom I said, ´The one who is
coming after me ranks ahead of me because he
existed before me.´" From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace, because while the law
was given through Moses, grace and truth came through
Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only
Son, God, who is at the Father´s side, has
Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank you for this Christmas
day. I believe that you became a little child
to redeem me and show me the Father’s love. I
love you. Your birth shows the depth of your
love for me. I choose to recommit myself today
to be a Christian in love with you.
Lord, help me to grow in wonder at your love.
Flesh: “And the Word became flesh and made his
dwelling among us.” For most families, Christmas is a
day of special closeness. We take time to be with
each other. We also know that God is close.
He is that “someone” who unites us in love.
Today, in astonished silence, we contemplate the Christ Child. Amid
all the excitement and emotion of our Christmas day
we cannot help but stop in amazement: My God
lets me put my arms around him. Here is an
amazing mystery of closeness. Here is where all human
closeness finds its greatest expression. It is God’s initiative.
He became flesh. He lives among us. Do I let
myself draw close to Christ? Do I allow him
to love me? Do I allow myself to love him?
Glory: “And we saw his glory.” For John, the
glory of God that shines in the face of
Christ is the glory of love. Jesus glories in being
able to love — in being able to love
us. What an amazing God we have! He defies our
reason. His Christmas glory lies in making himself so
humble that he becomes a tiny child dependent on
our love. His glory will later consist in embracing his
cross and dying out of love for us. Do
I appreciate this glorious love? Am I ready to
enter into its mystery? Am I ready to make my
heart today shine with this glory of God’s love?
3. Grace: “…Full of grace and truth.” The grace
spoken of here is the Father’s loving glance. Jesus
brings the Father’s loving glance to our world, to
our lives. He transforms our world into the very place
where the Father finds his Son. The Father is
pleased; Christ lives among us. This is the grace
that is Christ: God’s initiative of love. Grace is a
gift. It does not depend on me. I simply
have to receive it. I simply have to appreciate it,
as John did. Do I appreciate Christ? Do I
try to make my life a gift like his was?
Conversation with Christ: Jesus, thank you for this
Christmas day. I know it may be busy, but I
also know it is very beautiful. It is beautiful
because you are here, Lord. Thank you for being here
this Christmas day. I want to love you as
Mary did. I want to bring your grace and
glory to those around me.
Resolution: Today I
will strive to show special joy and goodness in
my relations with others, especially with my family. I
will look for an extra way to make each of
them happy today.