And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.
These words from the first chapter of St. John’s Gospel, read in our Churches throughout the Christmas season, sum up the reason for our joy at this time of year.
St. John explains that Jesus, the Word of God, knows the Father in a way unlike anyone else, from personal experience of being intimately united with him. When he speaks about him to us, he does so as a witness, that is someone who speaks of what he has seen, heard and touched.
And we too are called to be witnesses in the world of today to God’s love which has touched us in so many ways, including through our sharing in the life of this parish of St. Mary of the Angels. As Pope Paul once said, “Modern people listen more readily to witnesses than to teachers, and if they listen to teachers it is because they are also witnesses.”
Pope Francis sums this up by telling us we are called to be Missionary Disciples, that is first of all people who every day are learning to be followers of the Word made flesh, Jesus, and who then go on to share the joy of the Good News with others. May all we do in our parish help us do that more fruitfully.