Thursday, December 31, 2015

Reflection: John 1: 1-18

Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas – 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 existed 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.  What would life be like without any light? 

Light and sunlight 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 good news 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!  However, we need to be awake, alert, and watchful.  Otherwise, we will miss him.  Jesus is with us always.  However, we may need to look for Him and expect Him!  Today and every day may we open our eyes, minds, and hearts and expect to see Jesus!

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