On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 25, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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God our Father’s exquisite masterpiece of our salvation was fulfilled by His Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

How can we fathom such mercy and love for us? The darkness of our souls cowers as His light banishes it into the abyss. Through Him we are born again children of God our Father. Through Him we gain our heavenly inheritance. And through Him we know how to love!

How can we fathom such mercy and love for us? That the Word of God was made flesh and dwelt among us. To teach, guide and show us the way; to a deep personal, eternal relationship with God our Father. That we may consume His Word into our very being so as to be one with Him!

How can we fathom such mercy and love for us? That by laying down His life for us, He took away our sins. So that we may be liberated and live fully in His love. He conquered death once and for all for us. His whole life from His birth to His death was one living sacrifice for us.

Thank You Heavenly Father! Thank You sweet Jesus!
Thank You Holy Spirit!
All Glory and Praise be to You, O Lord our God, forever and ever. Amen

First reading
Isaiah 52:7-10

How beautiful on the mountains, are the feet of one who brings good news, who heralds peace, brings happiness, proclaims salvation, and tells Zion,‘Your God is king!’

Listen! Your watchmen raise their voices, they shout for joy together, for they see the Lord face to face, as he returns to Zion.

Break into shouts of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord is consoling his people, redeeming Jerusalem.

The Lord bares his holy arm
in the sight of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Second reading
Hebrews 1:1-6

At various times in the past and in various different ways, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; but in our own time, the last days, he has spoken to us through his Son, the Son that he has appointed to inherit everything and through whom he made everything there is. He is the radiant light of God’s glory and the perfect copy of his nature, sustaining the universe by his powerful command; and now that he has destroyed the defilement of sin, he has gone to take his place in heaven at the right hand of divine Majesty. So he is now as far above the angels as the title which he has inherited is higher than their own name.

  God has never said to any angel: You are my Son, today I have become your father; or: I will be a father to him and he a son to me. Again, when he brings the First-born into the world, he says:Let all the angels of God worship him.

Gospel
John 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God and the Word was God.

He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things came to be, not one thing had its being but through him.

All that came to be had life in Him and that life was the light of men, a light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower.

A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness, as a witness to speak for the light,
so that everyone might believe through him.

He was not the light,
only a witness to speak for the light.

The Word was the true light
that enlightens all men; and he was coming into the world.

He was in the world that had its being through him, and the world did not know him.

He came to his own domain
and his own people did not accept him.

But to all who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God, to all who believe in the name of him
who was born not out of human stock or urge of the flesh or will of man but of God himself.

The Word was made flesh,
he lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.

John appears as his witness. He proclaims:

‘This is the one of whom I said: He who comes after me ranks before me because he existed before me.’

Indeed, from his fullness we have, all of us, received –
yes, grace in return for grace,
since, though the Law was given through Moses, grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ.

No one has ever seen God;
it is the only Son, who is nearest to the Father’s heart,
who has made him known.

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