Second Sunday of Christmas, Year A

Inspired by John 1:(1-9) 10-18

“And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”  John 1:14 (NRSV)

We believe in the Triune God, and refer to the three persons of the Trinity as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  We understand Jesus to be the second person of the Trinity, the Word made flesh, and we refer to him as the Son of God.  While this language is true and appropriate, we sometimes get so focused on the distinctions between the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit we lose sight of the fact that God is One.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  When the Word became flesh and lived among us, it was not the Father sending his Son to do the dirty work of living, suffering, and dying as a human being.  When the Word became flesh God himself became flesh, and God himself experienced mortal life, suffering, and death.  And God himself defeated death and gave us new life.

We use Trinitarian language to help us understand the depths of God’s love and the breadth of his activity.  But while the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three distinct persons, they are still one God, the One God, who creates, redeems, and sustains us.  It is God who was pleased to join us in our humanity, and it is God who is pleased to share his eternity.

Let us pray.  Triune God, your fullness exceeds the limits of our language and imaginations.  Help us to accept your grace and truth even without fully comprehending your being, that our salvation may be shaped by your greatness rather than our limits.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.