John 1:1-18 (long form); 1:1-5, 9-14 (short form)
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
a babe in
be there within us,
so we could find him:
see him, touch him, hear him,
let him hold our hand,
know him better,
love him more.
His name is
stand in awe-struck silence
and wonder at this love
that is beyond all
* Rahner, Encounters with Silence
THE FIRST READING
Mass During the Night
You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing.
is born to us,
a son given us.
Mary gave birth to her firstborn son.
shoulders authority rests.
His victory is vast and forever peaceful.
You will find him wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger.
Here is the name they give him: Wonder-Counselor,
Prince of Peace,
let us adore him.
THE SECOND READING
Christmas Dawn and Christmas Day
Isaiah 62:11-12 and Hebrews 1:1-6
For to which of the angels did God ever say:
“You are my son; this day I have I begotten you”?
God spoke in partial
and various ways, tacitly
through prophets and others
as through a wall or over or around it.
he spoke directly,
O God in your kind and generous love,
you speak to us, face to face,
straight to our hearts
Let us listen,