Today is Tuesday the 31st of December, in the season of Christmas.

The nuns of St Cecilia’s Abbey sing Ave Verbum Incarnatum: Hail, Word made flesh by the providence of God. This speaks of a God who does not remain distant and disembodied, in the realm of words and ideas and generalities, but who takes flesh, and gets involved in the physical reality of the world, in particular people and places, in the detail of our daily lives.  Can I recognise that God, present here, now?

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of John.

John starts his gospel with the same phrase that the writer of the book of Genesis used at the beginning of the whole Bible: “In the beginning ...” With the birth of Jesus, God makes a new beginning in his dealings with men and women. On this New Year’s Eve, what new start might you be hoping for?

“The Word became flesh and lived among us.” Our God is now, forever and always, Emmanuel, God with us. Is there a time you can recall when you felt that closeness of God? If so, take a moment to re-live that experience.

We have reached the shortest days, the darkest time of the year. As you listen again, notice especially how John uses the ideas of light and of darkness.

Speak for a moment now to the one who gives you the power to become a child of God.