Friends, our Gospel for Christmas day is the Prologue to the Gospel of John. In many ways, it is the entire Gospel, indeed the entire Bible, in miniature.

Let’s turn to the central passage: “And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” The word used in Greek here for “dwell” is Eskenosen, which means literally, “pitched his tent among us.” Don’t read that in a folksy way. It is meant to call to mind the tabernacle of the temple.

The Word becoming flesh is God coming to dwell definitively in his world, undoing the effects of sin and turning it into what it was always meant to be. Notice, too, what we see in the wake of this tabernacling: “And we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”

So John is telling us that Jesus is the new Eden, the new temple, the restored creation, the realization of God’s intention for the world. And our purpose is not simply to gaze on this fact with wonder, but rather to enter into its power: “From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace.”

Advent Reflections

Daily Advent Reflections from Bishop Barron

Christmas Octave

Sunday

December 25

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Christmas Day

4th week of Advent

Saturday

December 24

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Friday

December 23

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Thursday

December 22

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Wednesday

December 21

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Tuesday

December 20

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Monday

December 19

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Sunday

December 18

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3rd week of Advent

Saturday

December 17

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Friday

December 16

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Thursday

December 15

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Wednesday

December 14

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Tuesday

December 13

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Monday

December 12

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Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sunday

December 11

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2nd week of Advent

Saturday

December 10

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Friday

December 9

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Thursday

December 8

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Immaculate Conception

Wednesday

December 7

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Tuesday

December 6

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Monday

December 5

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Sunday

December 4

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1st week of Advent

Saturday

December 3

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Friday

December 2

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Thursday

December 1

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Wednesday

November 30

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Tuesday

November 29

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Monday

November 28

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Sunday

November 27

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