Sermon thoughts – 2nd Sunday after Christmas – John 1, 1-18
“He was in the world, *and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.“ God, is and remains a problem for many.
Take the example of people in the Old Testament.
They experienced God as Yahweh. He was powerful and strong.
He did wonders with their forefathers … and was together with them.
But the people remained disobedient to God.Then came many prophets, proclaiming God’s infinite love towards his people. They invited the people to God’s love.
Still God was “something” in “distance” for many of them.

Through Jesus it gets twisted. He gave a new image of God.
He was one with people. He was close to people.
He lived like one of among them.
What separated him from others was not only his natural and divine innocence, but his inseparable love of God and fellow man.
And he worked tirelessly for the people, for their needs, showing them he is there for them. He knew what his people wanted and what kind of trouble they had.

He had bread for the hungry… He gave light to the blind.
He gave life to the dead. He healed many in need of it.
He knew the sufferings of his fellow men.

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us: we saw his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” We can understand this testimony of John on God, only because Jesus became man. 

It was a new revelation of God to the people, something that man can understand.

But do we still recognize him?
“And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him up in swaddling-clothes, and laid him in a manger: because there was no room for them in the inn.“
Here we learn how unfriendly and unkind he was rejected.
John describes the same thing when he says:
“He came unto his own, but his own received him not.”
This is actually the fate of Jesus to this day: 


He is not taken seriously. Man holds his doctrine of nonviolence and love of enemies as Utopian. As we celebrate Christmas – Jesus is kept outside the door. 

You see, it is Christmas when we give him a place in our lives. There are many people who welcome God in to their lives. Through them God’s goodness and kindness is spread in our world today, they are bringing light to people.

How do we do with us? Do we welcome God to our lives?
How can we make room for him?
That requires preparation and silence.
We need to make room for God in our lives, in our work, in our everyday lives.
Perhaps it can best be compared with how a family accommodates a newborn child: all on a sudden everything is changed. The child by his cries, his hunger, determines the life cycle of the family. It mostly done with joy because they love the child and out of it they do everything for the child. 

how do we feel God in our lives?
Does he ask for some change in my life?
Has he got “place” in my life?

In the beginning of this New Year, let us examine ourselves and find a solution. May the good God bless us all. Amen.

Fr Thomas Kalathil

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