Today's Reading: John 1-3
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 NRSV
What does it mean to say that the Word became flesh and blood and lived among us?
Can words really become flesh?
I know that certain words can hurt, cause pain, start wars, create peace, win hearts, inspire thousands. Words can give comfort or exhortation. Although we can do much without words, sometimes words are very powerful.
But here John's gospel is speaking of the Word, that is Jesus. We are given some background for this man who was testified about by John the Baptist. Jesus was always with us, the gospel tells us.
When God spoke during the Creation, that was the Word. And that Word is Jesus. God decided to do a new thing by morphing the Word into human form so that he is walking among us.
The Word is not simply something spoken during creation or even written in holy texts.
The Word is alive and with us.
Now we just need to act like it.
God, you sent your son in human form to live among us. But we seem to be acting like this never happened. May your Word be a part of our flesh and blood and give us grace and truth. In the name of the Living Word. Amen.
Copyright 2010 Amelia G. Sims