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John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'") From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known.

John 1:1-18
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    • God brought Moses onto the hills of Moab, from where he could see the Promised Land. He said to him, ‘The word is very near you’. The Word, Jesus, is the Promised Land waiting for us – not tomorrow, not in some faraway time when we will have dispensed with all that now distracts us, but now. God is in residence among us, his address is ‘Planet Earth’.
    • As the year ends, let me pray for the Sacred Space community, that we may all experience the colossal reality that we are living temples, in which the Word of God is eternally spoken.
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    • The Light of the World has come among us. He is born in the night, with his own star blazing above him. He lies in the dimness of a stable, that same Lord who, as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, led the Israelites to freedom. He has come to bring his people from darkness into light. As we gaze into the manger, at the tiny creature who is given to us as a light to the nations, we can only whisper ‘Come, let us adore him’.
    • Too often, I fear the emptiness, the darkness, the silence within me. Yet it is there that the Spirit lives and moves, working even when my prayers seem most arid. Lord, help me to go daily into the quiet of my own heart, to meet you there, in love and adoration.
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    • We often say that it is hard to pray because we cannot imagine God. But God has seen this problem, and has painted a perfect self-portrait in Jesus. Now we know what God thinks about us and how much God loves us. I make a New Year resolution: that in the year ahead I will give quality time to getting to know Jesus better.
    • Jesus brings God fully into our world. He lives among us, in our country, our city, our neighbourhood. His love and his light radiate everywhere. We are all being changed by this. Christian tradition says that God became human so that human beings might become divine. I beg as the last grace of this year that I may let that wonderful truth sink in.
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    • We celebrate today the presence of God among us. Slowly and mysteriously Jesus brings light into the web of human history. Slowly his light overcomes our darkness, so that eventually everyone is enlightened. I see the light coming and it bathes me in its radiance. I give thanks for all of this.
    • Now that Jesus has arrived, I have a whole new meaning to my life. I am becoming a daughter or son of God! I have been adopted into God’s own family. I am important to God! I can now feel happy about myself, no matter what difficulties may be in my life. Everyone else is important too, so I ask to have great reverence from now on, for myself and for those around me.
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    • The crib gives us one perspective on Jesus: on a human scale, easy to imagine and love. The Fourth Gospel gives us a cosmic perspective: Jesus as the power and intelligence with which God created and sustains the world, existing before time and space. Jesus is the Logos, the word, the source of life, which is the light of all people.
    • John's Gospel opens with a Prologue, a hymn that sums up John's view of who Jesus was. John asserts, in opposition to the synagogue leaders, that Jesus was a divine being. In trying to explain what he meant, he drew on ideas from the Old Testament that spoke of God's Word, or God's Wisdom, present to God before the world was created. God's Wisdom was 'the fashioner of all things.' (Wisdom 7:22) From John's point of view, Jesus was God's Word spoken to the people of Israel.
    • At his birth, Jesus was truly God, but he no longer knew it. In the same way, each of us is born male or female -objective fact - but it take us a long time to grasp even a hazy understanding of what that means. So it was with Jesus. Just as with each one of us, his lifetime was a series of new insights into who he was.
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    • The crib gives us one perspective on Jesus: on a human scale, easy to imagine and love. The Fourth Gospel gives us a cosmic perspective: Jesus as the power and intelligence with which God created and sustains the world, existing before time and space. Jesus is the Logos, the word, the source of life, which is the light of all people.
    • John's Gospel opens with a Prologue, a hymn that sums up John's view of who Jesus was. John asserts, in opposition to the synagogue leaders, that Jesus was a divine being. In trying to explain what he meant, he drew on ideas from the Old Testament that spoke of God's Word, or God's Wisdom, present to God before the world was created. God's Wisdom was 'the fashioner of all things.' (Wisdom 7:22) From John's point of view, Jesus was God's Word spoken to the people of Israel.
    • At his birth, Jesus was truly God, but he no longer knew it. In the same way, each of us is born male or female -objective fact - but it take us a long time to grasp even a hazy understanding of what that means. So it was with Jesus. Just as with each one of us, his lifetime was a series of new insights into who he was.
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • The crib gives us one perspective on Jesus: on a human scale, easy to imagine and love. The Fourth Gospel gives us a cosmic perspective: Jesus as the power and intelligence with which God created and sustains the world, existing before time and space. Jesus is the Logos, the word, the source of life, which is the light of all people.
    • John's Gospel opens with a Prologue, a hymn that sums up John's view of who Jesus was. John asserts, in opposition to the synagogue leaders, that Jesus was a divine being. In trying to explain what he meant, he drew on ideas from the Old Testament that spoke of God's Word, or God's Wisdom, present to God before the world was created. God's Wisdom was 'the fashioner of all things.' (Wisdom 7:22) From John's point of view, Jesus was God's Word spoken to the people of Israel.
    • At his birth, Jesus was truly God, but he no longer knew it. In the same way, each of us is born male or female -objective fact - but it take us a long time to grasp even a hazy understanding of what that means. So it was with Jesus. Just as with each one of us, his lifetime was a series of new insights into who he was.