Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A World enlightened by the Word

Christmas Day Mass Year A

Can you imagine a world without words? Can you imagine a world without language? People would not be able to communicate. Without words or language, there will be no teaching or learning.

Words have opened up for us a whole new world. Through words, we have learnt about things that we have never seen. Through words, we have learnt about places that we have never been. Words give us new life.

We use words in our everyday communication. The 'communication' is derived from the Latin 'communicare' which means 'making communion.' Thus words used in communication seek to build communion and strengthened relationships between communicants.

Jesus is the Word of God. Jesus is God's most perfect communication to us. Through Jesus, we are brought into communion with God. Can you imagine a world without Jesus? A world without the Word? We will still be groping in the dark. We will still be ignorant about what God wants with our lives. That is why St. John in today’s gospel speaks about the Word being the “true light.” Jesus is that true light – the light of hope, the light of knowledge, the light of justice and of peace – that enlightens all men. He is the light and the word that has come into the world and has overcome the darkness that is in the world – the darkness of our selfishness, the darkness of our pride, the darkness of violence and hatred, the darkness of sins. Can you imagine a world without hope, without peace, without grace, without God?

On this Christmas day, let us give thanks to God. For today, the Word of God has become flesh – God has become man – so that we have life in him. Let us continue to share the Word of God and the Light of the world with every one that we meet. Let us be witnesses to the world and make this profession: “The Word was made flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father.” Merry Christmas to all of you!

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