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 into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he 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 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. — The Fourth Evangelist
It’s a totally different take on the birth narratives. Gone are the stable and the road-worn characters; in their place, we’re given Word and Light… the creative force that brought the world into being and that, transforming us, can also bring us to full life.
What is the particular word you have to bring or add to God’s world?
What is the light you offer to push back the darkness?
Extra-credit: Read Psalm 98 (traditionally one of the three Christmas psalms, 96,97 and 98) at least twice today with a significant time between the readings. How does this speak of the birth of the Christ? What does this psalm suggest to you about your celebration of Christmas or your living out faith in this Christ?