December 25, Christmas Day

Gospel of John 1:1-5,9-14

The Word was made flesh, and lived among us

In the beginning was the Word:

and the Word was with God

and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things came to be,

not one thing had its being but through him.

All that came to be had life in him

and that life was the light of all people,

a light that shines in the dark,

a light that darkness could not overpower.

The Word was the true light

that enlightens all people;

and he was coming into the world.

He was in the world

that had its being through him,

and the world did not know him.

He came to his own domain

and his own people did not accept him.

But to all who did accept him

he gave power to become children of God,

to all who believe in the name of him

who was born not out of human stock

or urge of the flesh

or will of people

but of God.

The Word was made flesh,

he lived among us,

and we saw his glory,

the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father,

full of grace and truth.

I feel drawn to pray an awareness examen prayer based on Creation.

Firstly, I take time to dwell on the wonder of Creation.

I listen to my deepest desire as I ponder the oneness of Creation –

I ask the Spirit for deep wonder –

to help me ponder the wonder that plants, animals and oceans that are made from the same elements and atoms formed in the very beginning of Creation

I ponder how we are made from stardust.

that we are part of Creation; an evolving universe.

That love is the driving force of this universe.

That Jesus embodies this love in all completion.

That Jesus was made of the very same elements and atoms as creation. That he became flesh.

That I am made of love for love.

Knowing this love can lead me into relationship with Jesus.

Following Jesus leads me to love radically; to enter consciously into this oneness of creation.

I become aware of gratitude for life, for love, for the opportunity to be part of creation.

I respond to my Creator.

I notice that I desire to enter more consciously into the gift of love and life.

In gratitude,

Jesus say Amen!