Christmas Greetings (2011)

Dear Friends, Fellow Christians, and All Readers of My Blog,

Christ is born!           Glorify Him!

In the beginning God said, “Let there be…..”    And it all came to be just as He said.

God’s Word is creative, life giving, powerful, and fruitful, causing existence itself and all that is, was or will be.

Christmas, the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, is also about the powerful Word of God.

In Christ, so scripture witnesses, the Word of God, which brought the world into existence, suddenly and unexpectedly further entered into the universe, not as an idea, as wisdom, or as reason, but as a human being.  The word took flesh and dwelt among us (John 1).  It is the new beginning of creation.

At Christmas we celebrate God’s Word taking on new meaning; for the Word of God no longer is merely that which creates the world, or speaks to the world.   Now in the Nativity of God’s Son the Word has become part of the world, and becomes ever more accessible to us.  Christmas is the feast of God recreating His creation through His incarnate Word.

We don’t have to reach into the distant past to hear this voice of God – into Genesis, the beginning of time or even into the prophets.   When the Word became flesh, it also entered into history, into our history and became present for us eternally.  We encounter God’s word in our daily lives as Christians, not just in the bible, or in saints and icons, but in the Bread and Wine become the Body and Blood, and in our fellow Christian; for we are the Church, members of the Body of Christ, the Word become flesh.   The Word of God is not distant in the heavens, but is present in our hearts, in our lives and the lives of our fellow Christians.  This is the incarnation, transfiguring and transforming the entire world and all the people in it.

Wishing you and your families a blessed Christmas celebration.  Peace on earth and goodwill to all.

Fr. Ted

See and hear A beautiful Arabic Christmas Hymn  (sung in Arabic with English subtitles).

See and hear a wonderful Serbian Christmas Carol (in Serbian):