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On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 31, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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How fitting that the year 2020 ends with Today’s readings. As we look back we will always remember the challenges and hardships we faced. Many dreams and hopes were extinguished due to the pandemic. Many lost their lives while others their livelihood. Shall we not think about the many spiritual deaths that occurred as well? How many who were anointed at their baptism have lost their faith? Stripped of the Sacraments they plunged into darkness and despair unable to steer their way in new unchartered waters. Many who called themselves disciples of Christ had abandoned Him!

Yet Jesus has never abandoned us! Through the Gospel of today, we hear the powerful testimony of God’s love for His creation and purpose. God our Heavenly Father has given us an eternal light through the Incarnation of His Son our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. That whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. And so with eyes of faith we have seen His light in new ways as new doors were opened by Him throughout the year in passing.

And so sisters and brothers as we move into 2021, let us stay alert, awake and ready to meet Christ Jesus our Lord. Let us remain steadfast in His truth and in His love. Let us bring the hope and joy that we have to all that we meet in the year ahead; to bear witness to the Light, His life, death and Resurrection. Amen

Merry Christmas and Blessed New year ahead! xxxoooxxx

First reading
1 John 2:18-21 ·
You have been anointed by the Holy One

Children, these are the last days;
you were told that an Antichrist must come,
and now several antichrists have already appeared; we know from this that these are the last days.
Those rivals of Christ came out of our own number, but they had never really belonged; if they had belonged, they would have stayed with us; but they left us, to prove that not one of them ever belonged to us.
But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and have all received the knowledge.
It is not because you do not know the truth that I am writing to you but rather because you know it already and know that no lie can come from the truth.

John 1:1-18
The Word was made flesh, and lived among us

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.