On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 31, 2021 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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The whole knowledge of God revealed to us, our hope and salvation can be found in today’s Gospel. And in this truth is our lived experience as disciples of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Yes we were anointed by the Lord our God at Baptism and again at Confirmation. But how many of are living as disciples of the Lord?

If you are still giving the excuse that everyone are of different faith levels and have remained where you are as infant in the faith, then you are not! If you identify yourself as a volunteer in church, then you are not! If you have given up serving in any capacity whether in church or in community then you are not! If you do proclaim or share the joy of the Gospel both in Word and in actions then you are not!

Lord, it is your desire for everyone to know you. Help me to be a part of that. Help me to be a good disciple for your kingdom and give me the grace to disciple others. Help me to advance your kingdom every day. Lord, reveal to me my weaknesses and give me the strength to grow in these areas so that I am a better example to those that I disciple. Send me out into my community, my country, and all over the world to disciple others and show them how to grow near to you. Help me to remember that I am your tool for accomplishing your plan. You are the one who is working in their lives and drawing them to yourself.  Help me to prepare them to go out and make disciples themselves so that your church can be grown around the globe. Lord Jesus, prepare the hearts of those who will become your disciples to have ears to hear and understand, and that they would become strong followers of you. I love you Lord, help me to show others how to love to too. Amen.

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.

Gospel

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.

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