Monday, December 31, 2007

The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him. He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light. That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name. Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John beareth witness of him, and crieth out, saying: This was he of whom I spoke: He that shall come after me, is preferred before me: because he was before me. And of his fulness we all have received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses; grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. No man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
John 1:1-18 (Douay-Rheims Bible)


Dear Father from the very beginning you gave us the Word. The Word became flesh and the light for all the world to see by. You give us certain people to be bearers of testimony to prepare us for the coming of your Son. John was one of those who prepared the way. The very Word come to life in the flesh. How our lives benefit from the Word made flesh, in more ways than one. We have the living Word in the testimony of the Apostles, in the Bible itself. We have the living Word in the life of your Son Jesus. We continue to receive the grace and truth of the Word made flesh in the Eucharist where we find life. Where we find your Son Jesus we will find you and come to know and love you. May the living Word come to life in our lives as we too bear witness to your love for us. Amen

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