Monday 31 December 2018
1 John 2:18-21. Psalm 95(96):1-2, 11-13. John 1:1-18.
Let heaven and earth exult in joy! – Psalm 95(96):1-2, 11-13.
‘And the Word became flesh and lived among us.’
Like the overture of a musical composition, the prologue of John’s Gospel introduces the themes that the evangelist will develop throughout his text, notably in Jesus’ discourses. We will never exhaust the depth of meaning in his affirmation that the pre-existent Word of God took human flesh in the person of Jesus and dwelt among us.
In every episode of this gospel, Jesus reveals to us who God is and, as ‘the light of the human race’, what it means to be fully human. Like the Baptist, we are called to witness to this truth by our lives. We may then say with Paul, ‘For me, to live is Christ’ (Philippians 1:21).