Homily for Christmas Day - Day Mass - Jn. 1:1-5 & 9-14
 
 
by
 
Canon Dr. Daniel Meynen
 
 
 
" 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 were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 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.
 
" The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; 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 became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. "
 
 
 
Homily:
 
 
" In the beginning was the Word... "
 
On this Christmas Day, I would like to comment on this gospel as Saint John did in his first epistle. For, as you doubtlessly know, in addition to Saint John's gospel, we have also preserved three letters by the Apostle, letters that the Church has recognized as canonical, that is to say inspired by the Spirit of God.
 
The first and longest letter was written by Saint John as an introduction to, or explanation of, his gospel, which is difficult to understand at times. Today, in the gospel, Saint John speaks to us of the Word. It is not the word "be", or the word "have", or even the word "sing", etc... It is the Word of God, the Son of God.
 
In his first epistle, Saint John explains to us that the Word is the Life of God, inasmuch as it is the living Word of God: "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life... we proclaim to you." (1 Jn. 1:1-3)
 
" ... and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God."
 
"The Word was God." The Word is God. The Word is always God. But it is the Word of He who speaks this Word, it is the Word conceived, begotten, by He who speaks it, by He who conceives it in himself, by He who begets it. The Word is begotten as a Son by the Father, who is God. The Word is with He who begets it eternally, He who speaks it always: the Father. The Word was with God, the Father. The Word is always with the Father!
 
" All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made... and the world was made through him... "
 
The world was made through him. "Ipse dixit et facta sunt." "He commanded and all was created." (Ps. 148:5) At the Word of the Father, all was created. In everything that exists in the universe, we find a trace of the Word of the Father. There is no being on earth or elsewhere that cannot tell us something of the Word of the Father. Everything, through the Word, leads us to the Father!
 
" And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. "
 
Not only did the Word of God want to leave a trace of himself, of his image, in all of creation, but he, the Word, the Son of God, also wanted to be the Word of God in human form, capable of being heard and understood by those like him, the men and women of the earth! The Word of God became flesh, in order that we might be able to communicate with the Father, in the Spirit!
 
" But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. "
 
By a free gift of God, through faith and the grace of God, we can become children of God, sons of the Father, sons begotten in the only Son! Each Eucharist offers us this opportunity: may the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, who conceived the Son of God according to the flesh, also be the Mother of us all, in order that we might be begotten to eternal Life with the Father!
 

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