The Word Made Flesh

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A homily preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC on Christmas Day 2016.

Text:  John 1:1-14


Today we gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the very Word of God made flesh as John poetically writes in our Gospel for today.  And I must say that it seems a bit superfluous to spend too much time on words today…The story is about the Word made flesh, not the Word made…more words.  And so I’ll just tell a story about one person who shows us how to truly celebrate Jesus birth—someone who knows how to make the Word fleshly, to embody the Word.  And who might this person be?  Santa Claus! 


I love Santa Claus.  I’ll admit it unabashedly.  One of my favorite memories as a child—and even a teenager—was listening to my mother read that wonderful poem:  “On the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse…”  OK…so I was uncertain about what [...]