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.
Today is Monday the 31 December, in the Season of Christmas.
Salt of the Sound sing, ‘You Dwell Among Us’.
Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.
In the dead of winter, on the very day when the old year dies and a new one begins, we hear about God’s light shining through our human darkness. Jesus came to bring light to the whole human race and to me personally.His light and presence can totally transform our lives and make us a new creation.
Do I have a sense of darkness in the world, in my life?Can I ask God’s light to shine in me, or do I prefer to hide in the shadows?Can I accept the Word of God into my life and allow it to become alive and active in me?
As you hear this reading again, see if you can remember times when the Word has become flesh for you, when you have had a concrete sense of God’s presence in your life.How did that feel?How did you recognize the presence of God-with-us?
‘From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace’.I have been given power to be a child of God. As I say goodbye to one year and begin another, what do I want that power to do in my life?Are there graces and gifts I long to receive?