Readings for Christmas Day
John 1:1-14; Hebrews 1:1-9; Isaiah 52:7-10
Today, December 21st, is the Winter Solstice which means the least amount of daylight and most darkness we’ll experience all year long. It’s during these short days of winter – particularly the cloudy days – when we really begin to miss the sun’s light. People get irritable and depressed, often without realizing why.
So there is no better time for these Christmas readings. Into these dark days comes shining the perfect Light of Christ. He is the Light which no amount of darkness can overcome. His birth, life, death and resurrection are the illuminated path that leads to our salvation. And, like the Christmas lights that decorate our homes, the true Light shines through the night for absolutely everyone to see – (John 1).
The second reading celebrates the utter superiority of Christ. He came to reign as King, not only over His own people, but over the entire Universe (Heb 1). Likewise in the Old Testament reading, a messenger brings good news to people held captive by sin: “Your God reigns!”