In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. [John 1:1, 14].
Every year, these words amaze. Hold up your hand, and look at it. Now you see something that you and Almighty God have in common: human flesh. You see the same human flesh that angels now worship. (Although his hands have unique scars, scars that our hands could not bear).
During the festival twelve days of Christmas, we celebrate many physical things: gifts, food, family. But the most important physical presence is Christ. Long ago, the Word was physically present in the manger. Today, he is physically present for us in Holy Communion. That is why many Christians celebrate the Lord’s Supper during this feast and why the festival is called “Christmas.” Christ is physically with us and in us. His physical presence is the best present.