In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was 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. (John 1:1-5 NRSV).
I want to apologize to all of you who have been wondering where I have been or what I have been doing. This past Fall and leading into the Advent Season, my mother passed away on November 22nd. I was her personal caregiver and advocate during her illness. Her death was very peaceful, and I was most blessed to have shared those final moments with her. I miss her very much, but I believe that she is at peace in the arms of our holy God. I ask for and thank you for your prayers as I walk this year of grief as I try to fill in the gap that has been left in my life because of her loss.
The loss of my mother and the faith and knowledge that she is in God’s care is one of the greatest things for me to contemplate today. It is that Word that “life” that has come into being because of the Incarnation. That faith in the Word made flesh gives us hope as we travel the hardest journeys of our lives. Jesus is the Word that has always been there, and always will be. He is the Word that came to us as one like us in all things, to show us what our lives can be like from God’s perspective of pure love.
In contemplative prayer, we seek union with God so that more and more, we may enter into a fuller relationship with what is visible and invisible. Christ the Incarnate Word is not just words written down, He is the Living Word who lives in relationship with The Holy Essence of God, who seeks to live in union with our essence. It is a union that seeks purity of heart, so that we find that union with the God who has already found it with us.
May our Christmas celebrations be filled with the wonder of God’s holy presence. May the Word that brings life to all things, bring peace and joy to our conflicts and sadness.
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB