HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!
Celebrations of Christmas 2021 are over; the carol singers have gone silent; whatever fireworks and New Year parties have taken place and its back to work and school. But the Spirit of the Nativity is still with us; the Feast of the Epiphany and the arrival of the Magi; the Baptism of the Lord by John in the river Jordan and the celebration of Peace Sunday (16th Jan) with the Wedding Feast of Cana. The mystery of Christmas has to be UNPACKED still. This was part of my Christmas message.
As we listen today to the prologue of St John’s Gospel we see the message of Christmas in poetic form. The Nativity, the Incarnation, the Word made Flesh, the Emmanuel … all need to be carefully reflected upon. Poetry is different than prose. Today’s Gospel used to be the “Last Gospel” in the good old days! It tells us how important these words of scripture are because they were repeated again and again in the days of the Mass in Latin. These words in poetic form tells us of the Incarnation; the Word of God made flesh; God visiting his people; Jesus, the Light of the World, overcoming darkness; the Word which makes us Children of God; the Word showing us the Glory of God the Father; the Word beinging us God’s graciousness and truth. What a list of images to be contemplated.
Then St Paul puts the ‘icing on the cake’ as he speaks of the fact that we are BLESSED with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ. We are in fact the children of God, close to be holy and spotless. We are to do our very best and leave the rest up to God. St Paul prays that the Lord ‘may enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope his call holds for us … and what we inherit’. And may the God give you a spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed, to bring you to the full knowledge of him.”
Yes, we need to take time and effort to examine; to unpack; to reflect on and contemplate all of God’s gifts to us. We have a whole New Year ahead of us to do this, day by day as we get on living our lives. May it be a blessed, safe and holy year ahead. Again, Happy New Year to all.
God bless, Fr Joe