The Light of Christmas

John 1: 1-18
Is 52:7-10 / Ps 98 / Heb 1:1-6

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, but the world did not know Him.
(John 1:10)

In quiet moments of Christmas day
After the merriments of last night,
Let us reflect on Jesus as we pray:
Lord, Your blessings fill us with delight.

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 apart from Him nothing came to be. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. The true Light, which enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, but the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'” From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace, because while the Law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only begotten God, who is at the bosom of the Father, has revealed Him. (John 1: 1-18)

Reflection

I always have mixed feelings about Christmas. Amidst the merrymaking and the last-minute shopping for innumerable godchildren, the crowds in the malls seem to grow bigger as Christmas Day draws near. The lack of sleep from nine days of “Misa de Gallo” – just when your body clock has finally adjusted to a 9-10 pm bedtime, the “Noche Buena” makes you stay up until the wee hours of the morning. Then the inevitable flock of relatives (1st or 2nd degree nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces) and former employees come early, asking for their “pamasko”, like an annual tradition. So how does one reflect on the true significance of Christmas?

A priest who celebrated one Christmas eve mass pointed out in his homily that Christmas has become so commercialized that “Christ” is no longer present in the very word we celebrate. Only the letters “mas” — which stand for “merely a show” — remain. Like the Jews who rejected Him, we are so dazzled by all the fanfare and flickering lights that we fail to reflect on and appreciate the true Light of Christmas, Jesus Himself.

After all the carolers and “namamaskuhan” have gone, this Christmas day gives us a quiet time to reflect on all of God’s blessings in life: primarily our family, our friends, and our community. If only to show our deep appreciation to the Celebrant Who has given us all these gifts, we have made time to give of ourselves to others. During this break, let us also give time to reflect and plan for the new year to come.

Lord Jesus, all things came to be because of You. Forgive us if we had failed to make Your birthday more significant by not applying Your values and teachings to others. Grant us the grace to resolve to do better, and be a blessing to others in the coming year. Amen.

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