The Word Became Flesh
by Maria Franco
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“Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy.” Luke 2:10
When Love came at Christmas, it came with a strength and force so great that the heavens bowed down and saluted the earth on that wondrous night because on this precious earth submissively sleeping was the King of creation. No other spot on the face of this earth was more significant on that night than the manger in Bethlehem. No other moment as exalted as the moment when the Savior of the world was born, the night to bring life in a true sense into a world awaiting His coming since the beginning of the age.
We are all aware of how thundering can the effect of love be. It can convert daily moments of life into enamoring ones, fill it with so much longing that of all the moments of life, this becomes the main moment that forms the sole basis of life. Love has the power not only to offer complete healing but also break through the sleep of death and revive a person.
Everything in life is made for a purpose, the lightning to flash, the sun to shine and so on. If these do not impart their function, they will not serve their origin. Similarly, if there is no longing in life and love, then the aspiration of life remains incomplete. There are those who cannot love physically but in their own way they love each other day in and day out, thus they are loving each other daily and not a single moment is lost. Though afar, a single outreach of interchange can burst the dam and emotions thus over flood, feelings suppressed and hidden deep, plus the escalation of new sensations stirred up by this strong moment. Everything else stops around the world, only that moment is in place. Love is present to the fullest in that moment, all the love poured out in those few seconds, though words are few, the love is plenty.
They come close to blurting out the words that reside in the interior of the soul, to say it all. Post moment, they hold the call, close to their heart and tears of joy flows down. The space becomes a memorable one sealed in time forever, the instrument used becomes a souvenir because it was the bridge that held the presence and voice of the other. The day when such a brief but strong and forceful moment came to pass becomes not just a historic day to hold on to but the entire week and month revolves around that precious moment. They can never be either far from each other , they can only be very close to one another. When they do eventually meet that one moment is life itself and the feeling is so powerful when they actually drink in each other’s gaze. Only they can complete the relationship between them. We have only this one lifetime to love on this earth, the rest will be beyond and no other relationship is stronger than the relationship of love.
Sometimes the whole world is around us and yet we need that one person by our side. At Christmas the main person came at last to make a difference. Christ came to complete the relationship between God and Man. His very presence was so powerful that the whole world still holds on to his words millenniums down the line. The manger where He was born has become a sacred space in the world. "In him was life and the life was the light of all men." (John 1:4)
We hold on to the Christmas month which contains the joyful coming of the Savior into this world. The tears of joy pour down our face at last to behold His coming into our hearts. He fulfills his purpose on earth conceived at the start of creation, to save us all. Even today, His magnetic presence in the Eucharist heals us in an instant. We cannot bear to be separated even from His shadow that He has left behind. His love can break through the gates of death and raise us so high above the heavens. When our eyes meet His eyes at the end of time, His gaze will reveal the love he has showered upon us daily. At that moment, we too will not be able to contain the words within us and say it all that we love him exceedingly just as the Lord said it all when love was born with him at Christmas. We offer Him the birthday cake trimmed with the icing of our sweet love , the birthday gift of our undying love.
Truly, the Word became flesh when love came from heaven to earth at Christmas time!
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