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 were made through him and without him nothing came to be. Whatever has come to be, found life in him, life which for humans was also light. Light that shines in the dark: light that darkness could not overcome.
A man came, sent by God; his name was John. He came to bear witness, as a witness to introduce the Light so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light but a witness to introduce the Light.
For the Light was coming into the world, the true Light that enlightens everyone. He was already in the world and through him the world was made, the very world that did not know him. He came to his own, yet his own people did not receive him; but all who have received him he empowers to become children of God for they believe in his Name. These are born, but without seed or carnal desire or will of man: they are born of God. And the Word was made flesh; he had his tent pitched among us, and we have seen his Glory, the Glory of the only Son coming from the Father: fullness of truth and loving-kindness.
John bore witness to him openly, saying: «This is the one who comes after me, but he is already ahead of me for he was before me». From his fullness we have all received, favor upon favor. For God had given us the Law through Moses, but Truth and Loving-kindness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God-the-Only-Son made him known: the one who is in and with the Father.
I would like to end the year 2018 with a right note of thanksgiving and grace. There were many moments which were pleasant and some of them were not pleasant for me. For others, it may be just opposite. Whatever may be the situation where you are, I invite you all to discover the WORD which was accompanying us, very often in silence and discretion. Once we learn to make a sincere and truthful evaluation of life, both exterior and interior, we will certainly observe, that the Lord was always with us, in our ups and downs. Even when we were against Him, by our words and deeds, by doing and by not doing, he would have certainly remained faithful to the promise and accompanied us, in those difficult moments of life.
I would request you all too, once again to renew our engagement to establish the light in our personal life and to all those who are living in darkness. Faith and charity are the essential part of our resource of this light, which comes directly from the Christ, who is Jesus, the Saviour send by God to accompany us, particularly in our difficult moment of life. This unshaken faith will certainly help us to withstand any thunders and storms of life. A genuine charity without discrimination and expectation will create a deep sense of satisfaction and peace in our life.
Let the New Year begins with the divine light. We and all those who are with us, be filled with this divine illumination. May God bless us.
«The Word was made flesh»
Fr. David COMPTE i Verdaguer
(Manlleu, Barcelona, Spain)
Today, is the last day of the year. Often, a mixed feelings —even contradictory ones— can be found in our hearts at this time. It is as though a sample of the different moments we have lived and those we would like to have lived make themselves present in our memories. Today's Gospel can help us pour them out, in order to start the new year with strength.
«The Word was with God (...). All things were made through Him» (Jn 1:1.3). When making inventory of the year, it is necessary to think that every day we have lived was a gift. Because of that, and whatever the profit might be, it is necessary to thank God for every minute of the year.
The gift of life is not whole, though. We are needy. Because of that, today's Gospel gives us a key word: “to welcome, to accept”. «And the Word was made flesh» (Jn 1:14). Accept God Himself! God, turning into man, puts Himself within our reach. “To welcome” means to open our doors, to allow Him to enter our lives, to be in our projects, in those acts which fill our days. To what degree are welcoming God, letting Him into our lives?
«For the Light was coming into the world, the true Light that enlightens everyone» (Jn 1:9). Accepting Jesus means to allow Him to question us. Letting His criteria influence our more intimate thoughts as well as our social and work performance. Let's reconcile our actions to His!
«Life which for humans was also light» (Jn 1:4). Faith is more, however, than a few criteria. It is our life embedded into Life. It is not only effort —which indeed is. It is, above all, gift and grace. Life received at the heart of the Church, especially through the sacraments. What is the place of the sacraments in my Christian life?
«All who have received Him he empowers to become children of God for they believe in His Name» (Jn 1:12). What a passionate project for the year that we are about to start!