A Journey into Faith with Father Thomas Keating
In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through Him,
and without Him nothing came to be.
What came to be through Him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the Light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it …
The true Light, which enlightens everyone,
was coming into the world. He was in the world,
and the world came to be through Him,
but the world did not know Him.
He came to His own,
but His own people did not accept Him.
But to those who did accept Him
He gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in His name,
who were born not of blood nor by human choice
nor by the will of man, but of God.
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 1:1-5, 9-14
Jesus did not merely assume a human body and soul; He assumed the actual human condition in its entirety, including the instinctual needs of human nature and the cultural conditioning of His time … ‘The Word was made flesh’ signifies that by taking the human condition upon Himself with all its consequences, Jesus introduced into the entire human family the principle of transcendence, giving the evolutionary process a decisive thrust toward God-consciousness … ‘To everyone who received Him, He gave power to become the children of God,’ that is, to know their Divine Source …
The joy of Christmas is the intuition that all limitations to growth into higher states of consciousness have been overcome. The Divine Light cuts across all darkness, prejudice, preconceived ideas, prepackaged values, false expectations, phoniness and hypocrisy. It presents us with the truth. To act out of the truth is to make Christ grow not only in ourselves, but in others. The humdrum duties and events of daily life become sacramental, shot through with eternal implications.
Now is the time of salvation …
Now it the time
when the whole of divine mercy
is available …
Now is the time to risk further growth.
The light of Christmas is an explosion of insight changing our whole idea of God. Our childish ways of thinking of God are left behind. As we turn our enchanted gaze toward the Babe in the crib, our inmost being opens to the new consciousness that the Babe has brought to the world.
The Mystery of Christ
On this Christmas day,
intend to unite Divine Light and Love
with giving, receiving, and preparing the Christmas celebration.
Light the Christmas candle.
God of Love, Father of all,
the darkness that covered the earth
has given way to the bright dawn
of Your Word made flesh.
Make us a people of this light.
Make us faithful to Your Word.
that we may bring your life to the waiting world.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.