SCRIPTURE: John 1:14 (NIV)
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Message version: The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.
STORY by St. Francis de Sales:
Some men become proud and insolent because they ride a fine horse, wear a feather in their hat or are dressed in a fine suit of clothes. Who does not see the folly of this? If there be any glory in such things, the glory belongs to the horse, the bird and the tailor.
Jesus had the glory. It could be seen. He had the royal bloodline. He and the Father were one. He had the glory, but chose to become our servant. He became flesh and blood. The Son of God became one of us. He had it all, but gave it all up for the likes of you and me.
The Word of Grace became flesh … holy flesh … glory-filled flesh … earth bound flesh. The Glory of God decided to walk among the humans not to bring more glory to himself, but so that we could share his glory. He came here so we could go there. He brought the glorious kingdom to our doorsteps.
Now what are we going to do with it?
We are honored that you, O Christ, came to us. Thank you for moving in our neighborhood. Now, help us bring honor and glory to your name as we become servant people of the Kingdom.