25th of December 2014
‘It was in Mary that the Word first became Flesh’
Christmas Eve brings back childhood memories. If you come from the West of Ireland you will be familiar with the red candles lit on Christmas Eve carefully placed in the turnip as its candle holder and then placed on the window sill with great care not to set the lace curtain on fire. It was the custom that the Children of the village would watch out for the house that had the first candle lit in the village.
What was the significance of the candles on the windows? Each year Aunt Delia who lived with us would say “if Mary and Joseph pass this way on their way to Bethlehem they will see the light and know they are welcome to come in” – the door was always left ajar on Christmas Eve despite the severe cold. Having the door open was very important and it would be no surprise when the rambler, Mickey, would pop his head in after midnight, be welcomed into the kitchen, draw his chair up to the fire and be treated to tea, brown bread and the apple tart.
There was always room and a welcome for the passer by.
Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us Jn. 1:14
Today is the day when we celebrate the light of Christ; a light that pierces (penetrates) all our darkness. The Word became flesh for all of us; let us hear Jesus say “I came for you.... (say your own name); now come to me!
‘Every moment is a fresh beginning’ T S Eliot
May the Peace of Christ find a home in our hearts this Christmas and throughout the New Year. Have a wonderful celebration in your communities, families, with friends or wherever you are today and remember every moment is a fresh beginning!