When I was growing up before Vatican ll, Masses always ended with the recitation of the proclamation from the Gospel of John Chapter 1.
I confess, when I heard that long ending at Mass, I didn’t “get” the powerful meaning of the theology of John’s words. I now know and appreciate that the WORD is God incarnate, the fulfillment of the protoevangelium in Genesis 3:15.
Among the many teachings found in this Chapter, I want to reflect on God’s WORD, His Promises, His enduring love, and that the darkness of the world cannot defeat the WORD.
I share with you these verses: “In the beginning was the WORD, and the WORD was in God’s presence and the WORD was God.”John 1:1
“The WORD became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we have seen his glory: the glory of an only begotten Son, coming from the Father, filled with enduring love.” John 1:14
Unlike “I give you my word” or “I promise” statements that are often broken or taken lightly, God’s WORD, spoken or written is irreversible. Why? Because God is God, not human.
A short time ago, reflecting on the Good Shepherd parable, Bishop Robert Barron asks: Who would be so crazy as to leave 99 sheep in danger to go find the lost one? Then he answers: God. That is God’s nature. That is what He does. Bishop Barron quotes Catherine of Siena who writes that “God is pazzo d’amore (crazy in love). God is as crazy in love for you as if you were the only one in the world.”
In the midst of a world filled with darkness and tensions, The WORD can and will fill it with Hope. He has done it many times before. Recall Isaiah 9:2: “The people who lived in darkness have seen a great light.” Know that the darkness of the world cannot defeat the WORD (John 1:5) because the WORD created the world and understands everything that has gone into it. (John 1:3)
Pope Francis is challenging us to do our part to live in light, not darkness, by beginning preparations for a World Wide Synod, a world-wide listening tour. I encourage you to let the goals of the World Wide Synod be enhanced because of your involvement. Let us together experience a great light!
May this Advent/Christmas season find you falling more in love with this crazy lover who sent His son to show us how to live and die so that we can have life eternally with Him as He promised.
A blessed Advent, a Merry Christmas and a Hope-filled New Year be yours!
Sister Mary Bratrsovsky, OSB
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