Christmas & New Year Reflection
The word was made flesh, he lived among us.
These words from the gospel of St. John sum up the great event
of the feast of the incarnation (Christmas). God became man
through Mary and lived with his people.
Next Thursday the Church the people of God celebrate the feast
of the Epiphany which when translated from the Greek means the
manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, son of God and
saviour of the world.
When the Magi (the three wise men) went to seek the word made
flesh and gave him three gifts to acknowledge that he was through
: · Gold - The King of Kings and Lord of Lords as prophesized
by Isaiah. (the metal of kings) · Frankincense - The
eternal High Priest who sacrificed himself on the Altar of the
Cross to destroy sin and death. Jesus a priest for ever like
Melchisedech of old Eucharist prayer 1. (Frankincense which
is derived from a special tree which is found in Arabia (present
day Saudi Arabia) · Myrrh - the ointment of death which
was used for embalming the dead body of a king.
Jesus the word made flesh came into this world of sin and death
in order that men and women would be reconciled with God. This
could only be achieved by the offering up of his body and blood.
(Myrrh) again comes from a special tree which is only found
Our brothers and sisters in other parts of Europe e.g. Spain,
Portugal and Italy give their loved ones gifts on the feast
of the Epiphany and not on Christmas Day like we do, in order
to identify with the Magi. We here in Ireland can join our brothers
and sisters on the continent and give ourselves to Jesus through
our New Years resolution of caring, sharing and giving to his
people in every way.
Let each of us for the year ahead, the year of the Eucharist,
make a very special effort to live good and prayerful lives
with the blessing of the Mass (Eucharist) each Saturday night
and Sunday morning upon us as we listen to and read the word
of God and partake in the body and blood of Jesus in communion
and in order to help us to keep our new year resolution and
to renew them each month of 2005.
May the word made flesh (Jesus) lead us back to the sacrament
of Confession at the start of each month in order to confess
our human faults and failings. Faults and failings that the
saints of God shared in themselves but they asked for forgiveness
and got it and turned over a new leaf. We can do the same. May
the word made flesh (Jesus) help us and look after us in 2005.
The Christmas festival may be nearly over. But God-made-man
still and always lives among us, so that we too may grow in
grace and truth and come to share his glory.