Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reflection: John 1:1-18

7th Day within the Octave of the Nativity – John 1:1-18

“In the beginning was the Word.” We know this Gospel well; these six words are the opening words in John’s Gospel. There is great power in these words, simple as they are. These few words tell us that Christ “was” before all else came to be!

John then speaks about John the Baptist, who was sent to testify to the “Light.” “Light” is a wondrous gift: a gift we may take for granted. Here in the Midwest, winters typically do not have much “light” or sunshine. Yes, in the winter we do have light but many days are gray and cloudy. The sun can seem to disappear for days at a time.

Ask yourself: what difference does “light” make in your life? It may be light generated by the sun or light generated by a lamp or light fixture. Imagine what would life be like without any light?

Light and sunlight can make all the difference in the world. On sunny days, it is much easier for me to be optimistic and happy. However, when the weather is gray and gloomy for several days, I struggle to be optimistic. The clouds seem to weigh me down.

The gift is: we have Jesus the Light with us each moment of every day! Sad to say, I am not always in tune with this reality. Yet, it is true: Jesus the Light is with us---always! I am the one who is not awake to His Presence.

Today and every day may we open our eyes, minds and hearts and expect to “see” Jesus! Jesus is with us always! However, we may need to “look” for Him and “expect” Him!

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