On the Third Day of Christmas, God gives us the gift of LOVE in our readings today.
In John we are commanded to love one another and shown how this love radiates forth into the Christian community.
John gives us so many gifts through his words, writing a gospel and three epistles (and some also think Revelation). In his gospel we hear about the Word made flesh, and how he dwelt among us. The Word was also the light to all people. This is how John speaks of the Incarnation.
In his epistles, we almost see an extension of this theme of the Word dwelling among us. In 1 John 5 we hear that “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God.” In this way, John would see Christmas as a time to celebrate ALL of us being born of God, not just Jesus. We love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. We have all been born out of love, and into the love of God in Christ Jesus.
What a wonderful way to think about Christmas! We celebrate that ALL OF US have been born anew, and born of God. This is the meaning of eternal life. And at its heart is the gift of LOVE, for it is that which brings us out of water and blood and into the truth.