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. A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. 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 what was 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 by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man's decision 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 testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.$0"2$ From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father's side, has revealed him.
Christ Our Saviour is born for us! Alleluia! In the Gospel of today's mass, we read the opening of the Gospel of John. John said: "And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us". "Flesh" refers to all that is weak and sinful in our human nature.
Jesus the Son of God was with God in the beginning. All things were made through Him. Yet when He was in the world, the world did not know Him.
As the followers of Christ, we have received the grace that came through Jesus. Do we want more people to receive His freely-given grace? On this Christmas day, let us resolve to help more people encounter Jesus, so that they may also share the grace and truth that comes through Him.