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The Nativity of the Lord - Year A

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The Nativity of the Lord - Year A

December 25, 2016

 

Gospel: Jn 1:1-18
 
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.’” 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.
 
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Reflection
 
The gift of God
 
It’s Christmas, and Christians everywhere are celebrating the birth of Jesus. The arrival of a baby is a very special time for a family. It is a gift of new life that usually means changes take place in the family. The birth of Jesus is particularly special because it is an immense gift from God to all of us. Imagine: God, while remaining God, became human. Born by a woman, he would grow up, live, eat, walk, and dress like other people of the time. He would feel hunger, thirst, sweat, pain, grief, and temptation, just as we do; he would even die a terrible death to save us from our sins. But he rose again to
make it possible for us also to rise so that we might live for ever with him in heaven. Jesus’ birth calls us to change. What changes will we make for him in our own lives?
 
Praying after Communion
 
After receiving Holy Communion, you can say this prayer silently to yourself. If you have not yet received your First Communion, you can still say this prayer because of your desire to receive Jesus.
 
Father, through Jesus, in communion with the whole Church, I thank you for coming into my heart. Grant, O merciful God, that just as the Savior of the world, born this day, is the author of divine generation for us, so he may be the giver even of immortality. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
 
Today…
 
Being generous as a family
 
Finally, you are going to meet the newborn king you have been waiting for these past four weeks: Jesus Christ. You have certainly decided to go to church as a family. Many  people go to Mass on Christmas Eve. Suggest to your parents that you invite someone over for Christmas Eve dinner with you - someone who is lonely or isolated from others. Christmas is a perfect time to make room for those who do not have family.
 
Word Search
 
                                                           Christmas tree

 


 
 
Source: usccb.org -  Magnifikid - sermons4kids.comrclblectionary.com –usccb.org/bible/readings-audio.cfm
 

 

 

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