He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 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 or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
Reflection by Janet Derby
I have just started to put away some holiday decorations – just a few kitchen items, but nothing more. We generally wait to put up our tree until the weekend before Christmas, though we did it a bit earlier this year. But most items, particularly my creche sets, do not get put away until after January 6, the feast of the Epiphany. It seems that we are very anxious to celebrate the birth of the Christ child, but spend relatively little time considering the impact of the Word made flesh. Yet in this year when we are missing the ability to be together and to hug our friends and family, it seems vital to keep the reminder that God came in human form around a bit longer. The child in the manger helps us to recognize the spirit of love in each other even when we can only connect from afar.
God Incarnate, Thank you for this holiday season of hope, love, and joy. Help us to carry that spirit into the new year. Amen.