|The Word Made Flesh|
The Word. All of creation came into being by the word of God: "Let there be...". His all-powerful word created the heavens and the earth and the seas and the mountains and all the variety of animals and plants. That very same all-powerful Word humbled itself and limited itself to become like us, to become a helpless and vulnerable baby, born not in a place of honor but in humble surroundings. His word became flesh and blood, warm and soft in Mary's arms."And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father's only Son, full of grace and truth."John 1:14 St Joseph Edition of The New American Bible, 1991
We approach the Eucharist and hold out our hands to receive His Word made flesh, His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity. As Mary received Jesus into her arms, so we are able to receive Jesus, to cradle Him in our hearts. And He comes to us as He came to Mary and Joseph, helpless and vulnerable in appearance but full of glory, full of grace and truth.
Yes. Let us say our own "yes" to the Word made flesh, let us say "yes" to the truth He has planted in our hearts, let us say "yes" as Mary said "yes" as she cooperated with God in the salvation of the world, in our personal salvation. Let us say "yes" as we cradle the Infant Jesus in our arms, captivated by the loving gaze the penetrates the darkness and sets our hearts on fire.
"Yes, Lord. You are the Word made flesh. You are full of grace and truth. I behold your glory and I worship you as the Father's only Son. Thank you for making your dwelling among us. Thank you for making your dwelling with me. Amen."