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Reflection Week of December 26
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwell in a land of deep darkness, on them a light has shined." Isaiah 9:2
Before the Word came as a human being, he was already in the world, enlightening everyone coming into the world and sustaining all creation. Now he comes as a human being, in a visible, touchable, lovable human nature. The light that shines in the invisible heart of all reality is now shining on the face of the child in the crib.
Those who accept this light, John tells us, will become children of God. We must think of the light not only as a visible presence, but also as an invisible presence illuminating our inmost being. As this interior light grows clearer, we perceive that it is eternal life begun in us, enabling us to hear the voice of the Father saying, "You are my child." The awareness of being God's child, the invincible confidence of calling the Source of all reality Father, is the special grace of Christmas. Jesus' human birth awakens us to this eternal birth within.
Excerpt from And the Word was Made Flesh, by Fr. Thomas Keating