“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a
father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

These are words we hear on the First Sunday after Christmas, this year, December 30. It’s also
the sixth day of Christmas,

The Word is Jesus, welcomed on Christmas day as the infant, wrapped in bands of cloth and
lying in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.

The same Jesus we will hear as
an adult throughout the year, teacher, preacher, healer, worker of miracles, and Savior. Fully
Human, fully divine, from before time and forever.

The Christ, the long awaited Messiah.

Not the mighty, powerful Messiah many people were looking for, but a homeless child, and a refugee
for the first part of his life. A Messiah with no vast army at his side, but instead armed with his
love to set about saving the world. His glory, full of grace and truth, shining in our hearts and
lives.

Let us pray:

Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that
this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our
Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for
ever. Amen.

Peace and blessing,

Carol+