31st of December

Publié le 30 Décembre 2021

Gospel text

(Jn 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 to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but 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 to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him. But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God. And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth

John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me. ’” From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.

 

The Application

 

In this last moments of the year of 2021, we are invited to give thanks to God for the events we have experienced et lived, the people whom we have encountered and known, new discoveries and adventures, etc. The good and the pleasant have helped us to savour life. The not so good and the unpleasant events have helped us to grow in maturity, to recognise differences and to appreciate them. We recognise that in these events our God was alive and working, within us and outside of us, so that humanity could appropriate and enjoy the creation in its totality.

 

We do constate that some of our friends lost their jobs, others had no time to rest. We certainly discovered different technologies and software that existed before, that were ignored, that have now become very useful for all of us.  Certainly, the extension of COVID in different forms surprised us. As believers, we cannot deny that in these events and the people whom we have met, we have discovered a living and surprising God.

 

The beginning of St. John's Gospel confirms us yet another truth that the contemporary world does not want to acknowledge. Christ is our Light, coming down from heaven to dispel the darkness. If we listen to Him and put into practice all that He tells us, we will discover in the events of the day the true divine action and in His works we will discover God and a recognition of His presence in our daily lives will comfort and transform us.   

 

Action of the day: B grateful to God.

“The Word became flesh”

 

Fr. David COMPTE i Verdaguer

(Manlleu, Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today is the last day of the year. Often, 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 came to be through him” (Jn 1:1.3). When taking 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 the key words: “to welcome, to accept”. “And the Word became 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 we welcoming God, letting Him into our lives?

“The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world” (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!

“Through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race” (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 it is, but above all, it is 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?

“But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name” (Jn 1:12). What a passionate project for the year that we are about to start!

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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