The Word Made Flesh

Clergy Corner by Fr. Williams

The Word Made Flesh

Recently the focus as we moved through Christmas was on the “made flesh” part of this title, but I want to take a  moment on the first part, “The Word.”

 

In the beginning, John says, was the Word. He is not referring to the Bible, but to Jesus Christ, to God. A word from God is living and effective … it creates … it brings about what it signifies and that is the essence of creation. That is also the great thing about Jesus Christ, he is the Word, he is God, wherever he goes he makes things happen, when he says it, it happens, where he goes, where the Word of God goes, change happens.

 

An extension of this is the written word of God.  Did God write it?  No.  Do we believe that he inspired it to be written and preserved? Yes. The written word of God, the Scriptures, the story of our salvation in many different genres, reaching into our time for our own good, was first kept by the Jewish people, and then after Jesus, written and preserved by the Church over time. Even more, the Gospels are held in even higher esteem because they are the actual words of God.

 

And for us?  Think of the books or stories that you most enjoy.  “Oh it’s such a good story” or “Man, the stuff in this book is so helpful! … you should read it!” Now think, what story is greater than God’s searching out his children? What words more important?  What content more helpful in helping us find who we are?  The more we read the word of God and become familiar with it, the closer we come to Him, and the more we are changed.

 

Take time this year to focus on the Word and his words, because if you are unfamiliar with his story, with your own history, with the Scriptures, then part of us is left in the dark. It is as St. Augustine once said, “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” Don’t be ignorant!  Know Jesus, know his word, know your story, and in turn you will come to know yourself.

 

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