The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us. O come, let us worship. Alleluia
He Qi (1951 - ), Calling Disciples, John 1:35-42.
J.S. Bach. Pastorale, from the Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 (1734).
The Christmas mystery has two parts: the nativity and the epiphany. In the first we commemorate God’s humble entrance into human life, the emergence and birth of the holy, and in the second its manifestation to the world, the revelation of the supernatural made in that life. And the two phases concern our inner lives very closely too. The first only happens in order that the second may happen, and the second cannot happen without the ﬁrst.
The birth of Christ in our souls is for a purpose beyond ourselves: it is because his manifestation in the world must be through us. Every Christian is, as it were, part of the dust-laden air which shall radiate the glowing epiphany of God, catch and reflect his golden Light.
Gracious God, we give you thanks and praise
May the Lord, who has called out of darkness into his marvellous light, bless us and fill us with peace. Amen.