As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
There are two responses. 1. The world knew him not, his own received him not, there was no room in the inn, but 2. as many as received him, to them that believe on his Name, he gave the power to become the sons of God, there was room in the stable, and in the hearts of the shepherds and wise men. Light is come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. But to those who believe, God gives the light of the knowledge of his glory in the face of Jesus Christ. Those who see him with eyes of faith have seen God, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. Our God owns us in this great act of love and condescension, he comes to us and says they are mine, you are mine, and the only remaining issue, as John puts it so clearly, is one of receiving and believing. Will we receive and believe in Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh?
The Eucharistin is the very means he gave us to receive and believe him. And those who come in faith may see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, those who come to receive him may behold his glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. And it is in the light of that knowledge of Jesus Christ the Word made flesh, that we know ourselves God’s children and brothers and sisters to one another.