Thursday, December 27, 2018

And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us

           Many years ago a woman gave me a lovely, matted framed poster that reads Words are so powerful they should only be used to heal, to bless, to prosper. As a child this woman experienced demeaning verbal violence destroying her opportunity to grow in self-confidence and self-worth. 
          Most of us have been injured by words recklessly spoken; most of us have spoken words knowingly or unknowingly that have hurt another. Today we live in a climate that is replete with spoken meanness. These days I find myself frequently glancing up at the wall hanging, reminding myself of the import of my spoken words.
          And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. God’s expression of love, his compassion for humanity became enfleshed in Jesus the Word. Jesus revealed in the Gospel, the word of God and “the way” of being for each of us in the world.
          In a message by Pope John Paul II in preparation for a world youth day that could aptly be used in a Christmas homily he stated: To receive Jesus Christ means to accept from the Father the command to live, loving Him and our brothers and sisters, showing solidarity to everyone, without distinction. It means believing that in the history of humanity even though it is marked by evil and suffering, the final word belongs to life and to love, because God came to dwell among us, so we may dwell in Him. Vatican, July 7, 1999
          Our calling is to presence Christ in wherever and whatever circumstances we are involved showing solidarity to everyone without distinction. Yes, there are situations that present tough challenges for choosing words, especially when “I feel hurt” or “I know I am right” or when “I feel misunderstood, judged, or wronged.” To go the extra mile or turn the other cheek I might never want to choose for an option. But then looking at the person of Jesus, the Word made flesh who came to heal, to bless and invited us to prosper in God’s saving grace, and we remember And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. and God came to dwell among us, so we may dwell in Him.

          Sr. Aileen Bankemper, OSB

1 comment:

  1. Dear Sister, thank for this very good reminder of the heart of our faith -- we speak to the Lord with words, we think of God with words, we teach our children with words, and we were taught by words. Thanks be to God. Truth is here. I follow your word. Let me speak no demeaning or hurtful word to anyone. Let me not say an unkind, hostile or nasty thing. Silence is golden in this respect. Better be silent that speak in anger. But we can go further and today we can speak words of praise. God bless you my Muslim brother and sister. God bless you my Jewish brother and sister. I love you my Hindu friend, you saved my life once upon a time; my Buddhist brother and sister, you saved my life also, on that occasion. Actively I must say that I love. Christmas is here. God bless OSB amen.