Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

1Jn 2:18-21; Ps 96: 1-2, 11-12, 13; Jn 1:1-18

Today is the last day of the year and it is an opportunity to reflect on how we have made Christ present during the past year. During this Octave of Christmas, we are still marveling at the great gift of the Incarnation – a light to the human race. Reflecting on the past year, I can’t help but ask whether I have lived the gift of the Incarnation in my daily life. Perhaps it was as simple as saying good morning or smiling at someone I pass in the hallway. Perhaps it was helping someone to see that they are made in the image and likeness of God and therefore good when they sometimes are not able to see it. Living the Incarnation is simply embracing ourselves and the other with that love with which God embraced us through the gift of Jesus, so we would know what love looks like as it walks across the room, what love feels like as it embraces us. In the new year, will others see the loving and life-giving gift of the Incarnation that is God dwelling among us

Br. Joseph Bach, O.S.F