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.

Reflection

This must be the saddest Christmas day for many of us in our beloved city of Davao. The floods wrought by typhoon Vinta just a few days ago devastated many houses in low-lying areas, rendering many residents homeless, including the families of some of our friends. The floodwaters had not even subsided yet when another tragedy happened two days before Christmas: one of the most popular malls near our place burned down, killing at least 37 call center employees who were trapped in the inferno. We had come to regard the NCCC mall as an important part of our lives. This was where we went to watch movies, played bowling, and bought our groceries, along with the thousands of sari-sari store owners who patronized it because of the very reasonable prices of its commodities. The family that owned this mall was known to be very upright and well-loved by their hundreds of employees. They supported charitable organizations and were active in the civic and spiritual activities of the Archdiocese. How could this great misfortune befall a respectable family and its company at this time of merriment and thanksgiving?
This peaceful Christmas day (after last night’s merriments) provides a quiet time to set aside those calamities, which are beyond our understanding and control, and reflect instead on all of God’s blessings in our 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 pledged to give financial assistance to the victims of the flood and the fire when we fly back to Davao city after the Christmas break.

Let us not allow natural or man-made catastrophes to dampen our spirit of hope, but after a brief period of prayer for the victims of those calamities, let us also give time to reflect and plan for the new year to come with full trust in the Lord’s designs.

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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