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Bishop Barron on Christmas

December 21, 2011 by  
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Father Barron on Christmas

Father Barron on Christmas:

A short introductory summary —

StillLifeWithBibleCropFather Robert Barron reflects on Christmas and the Prologue of the Gospel of Saint John, one of the great theological masterpieces in our Tradition, and also one of the great literary gems of the whole Western Tradition.  It's the reading for Christmas Day which, in a way, sums up the whole of Christianity and what this day and season are about.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

“In the beginning…” is the way the Bible starts.  Saint John is saying that he is going to tell the story of new creation, God, in a certain sense, completing His creation, God “starting over again” with something fresh and new.  The Father speaks the Son (the Word), who is the fullness of the Father's truth.

All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be …

We're wired for God, we're made for him.  And, it is the deepest longing of the human heart!

The world did not know him …

This is the tragedy: although we are made for him, we don't know him, we don't respond to him.  And, this is what sin is all about.

Watch the entire reflection on today's video.


Art: Still life with Bible, Vincent van Gogh, 1885, PD-US, PD-art, Wikimedia Commons.

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