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John 1:1-18

The Word of God

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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    • Today let’s look at this wonderful passage from a new point of view, and say: ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the word was LOVE! That love is creative; the beating heart of the universe. It is a love that brings light to everyone. If I allow it to shine on me, I begin to see everyone from the divine point of view. I see that the potential of each person is to become nothing less than a daughter or son of God!’
    • This awareness will transform all my encounters. No one could ever have imagined such a project, but it is underway already around me and deep within me. Life, which before seemed ordinary and dull, now becomes a great drama. I ask the Lord that in it I may play my part well, by living in sync with the unforced rhythms of ‘the love that moves the sun and the other stars’ (Dante).
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    • ‘In the beginning was the Word.’ We try to stretch our minds into the mystery of God, before the world was made. He is our creator, our whole being and life is from him, and we give thanks for this.
    • ‘The law came through Moses; grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ.’ The new law requires living with great love and we are enabled to do this by the grace of Jesus. By his power we are now able to live as God wants.
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    • Today, we celebrate Christ’s coming into our darkness in order to transform it. He is born in Bethlehem so that we may be reborn through him who makes everything new.
    • No matter how old I may feel, this thought should thrill my heart: that, as Meister Eckhart put it, “the eternal Word is being born within the soul, its very self, no less, unceasingly”.
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    • Jesus assures us that whoever has seen him, has seen the heavenly Father also. He himself is the image through which the reality of the Father is reflected and made known to us. Jesus is the Father’s communication – his ‘Word’ to us.
    • The new-born child at the first Christmas then, reveals the face of God to the human race. He also brings us all the offer of eventually sharing by participation, as his own brothers and sisters, in the life of God himself - adopted royals in the kingdom of heaven.
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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.