Mass Readings: Vigil: Isaiah 62:1-5/Acts 13:16-17,22-25/Matthew 1:1-25 or 1:18-25; Night: Isaiah 9:1-6/Timothy 2:11-14/Luke 2:1-14; Dawn: Isaiah 62:11-12/Ti 3:4-7/Luke 2:15-20; Day: Isaiah 52:7-10/Hebrews 1:1-6/John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5,9-14

Pitched His Tent

“And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us,” we hear in the opening of John’s Gospel today. I had a dear friend who was a Bible scholar and Hebrew professor. He told me that the Hebrew for “made His dwelling among us” literally says “pitched His tent among us.”

To continue that delightful imagery, imagine you have a neighbor building his own house next to yours, and it turns out that this neighbor is . . . God! A true human being and truly God almighty, wanting to be with us, wanting to live among us, doing what it takes to save us from our own sinfulness. The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem is the opening chapter of God’s “pitching His tent among us.” How breathtaking is the love of God for us! 

Prayer: Dear Jesus, God’s Son, thank You for pitching Your tent among us!