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December 31, 2013

John 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 into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he 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 into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
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 testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

How are we connected to our words?
May the Words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, O God. Amen.

Words… we all have them and use them in so many different ways. Our words are a part of who we are and in turn can cause those that hear our words to think positively or negatively about us. So, we judge one another about what comes out of each others mouths…but should we really judge each other that way? Words are a window into our hearts. Many of us have heard the cliche that our actions speak louder than our words. Yet our words speak volumes too. Our words can be a window into what can be found in our hearts. Our words can be, and often are, starting points for our actions,
Has anyone heard of or about Dorothy Day?
Dorothy Day was a woman that lived in a time in our country’s history when the words of women, generally fell on deaf ears. She was very active in the suffrage movement of the early twentieth century. She was active in trying to bring around change for everyone.
This is a story about the outstanding character in history that will demonstrate that actions do speak louder than words yet her words helps us also to see what kind of person she was. During the mid- to late 1930’s, Day worked for the Catholic Worker newspaper. She was witnessing the outrage of another newspaper’s dock workers where the ArchBishop of New York City was addressing the crowd of workers. Allow me a moment to back track, Dorothy Day was a woman who stood about 4’11” with a very thin frame. The Bishop of NYC stood about 6’2”. The Bishop was approaching the podium and the crowd was unruly. The Bishop was dressed in his miter and vestments. When he arrived at the podium, he began to fuss at the crowd for the language they we using. “How dare you use such language in my presence?” The profanities flew with vigor, and the Bishop’s position seemed to only make things worse.His comments seemed to make the crowd more vocal with the profanities they were using. The Bishop got louder in his position about the crowd’s use of vulgar words, and as all of this was going on Dorothy Day snaked her way to where the Bishop was and then things got a little crazy, one might say. Day’s actions had and words had purpose. Day grabbed the Bishop by his vestments and began to shake him. Day began to tell the Bishop while still shaking him, “This is the way the church has taught these people how to pray.” The Bishop was shocked. The crowd was in awe and became silent.
The dock workers were good people. They only wanted to provide for their families and help one another. The Bishop was starting to get glimpses of the big picture. This goes back to our lesson from John. We in our fallen state may not see the light that Jesus provides in our lives. The Bishop may have forgotten the grace shown to him and in his position at that moment become like those that did not receive the light in our Gospel lesson today.
Even though the bishop in the story I just shared was at one point in his journey had received the light, yet he was blinded by the light and did not see the pain and suffering of those he was called to serve. This blindness can happen to us all, yet we are called to refocus our lenses where we can see the light and serve those that do not know the light as we do. This refocusing causes us to engage in “real” relationship with one another. Even those that are not like “us”. Those that may speak…or look… or even smell differently than our normal circles. Whatever the case may be…we are to love them where they are and meet on the plane where we are on that God has placed all of humanity.
Jesus came into the world to show God’s grace, love and just-ness. Jesus‘ birth, life, death and resurrection sheds light to that truth. It is our jobs to receive that light that Jesus offers and share it with the world around us. We have to constantly refocus our vision in the light where we can love one another and share the gift of our sanctification individually and as the body of Christ. Just as the Bishop had to be reminded by Dorothy Day about the heart of his job. Sometimes, each of us need a Dorothy Day in our lives to remind us of how we do not always live into who and whose we are.
In my opinion the Gospel lesson we have today is almost poetic… yet hold truths that we need for our journey toward our sanctification both individually and corporately. Our words are a part of us, as The Word of God is a part of God the Creator. The Word of God came forth to us and for us…and if we will, forms us to live in harmony with one another and with God.
We have to watch our words to others and our actions as well. God’s Word became manifest for us to know God more fully than we ever could without the birth in that stable a little over 2000 years ago. We must continue daily to receive the Word… We must share the Word… and we must become a way for the Word to continue by the power of the Holy Spirit to be active in our church, community, our state, and our world. If we continue without sharing our God stories with those who are in relationship with, no matter how brief the relationship may be… we are not living into the word, that God has given us at the beginning of today’s lesson, and points out that we are to be like John the Baptizer and become witness to that word and light. If we are not faithful to this grace, we may not have received the grace God offers. If we truly live into the grace God freely gives to us daily, we can provide glimpses of the light that the darkness cannot overcome. God has given us in this Christmas Season a chance to receive The Good News that God in Christ Jesus is in the world… Christ Jesus is in us…in the breaking of the bread and searching the scriptures, and the word, light, and Grace he brings is for all the world to be active in yesterday, today and forevermore. As we sing in the favored hymn, Joy to the world… Let the Earth receive her king. Let us take the hymn even a step further, let us share our king with the world that may not know Him and in turn then become a part of God’s family.
Let us Pray.
Gracious God, You redeemed your creation by sending your Word and Light, Jesus our Christ, to abide amongst us. May we model our commitment to your creation, after John’s witness to the Light and Share our God stories with all we come in contact with, to build relationships and move toward that oneness that you want us to live into. Stir up within us, your Holy Spirit, so that we can proclaim the power of being faithful people in a world that needs to know that you are still in our midst. We ask this in your name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God now and forever. Amen.

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