Gospel Reflection John 1:1-18
There are so many things which could be unpacked from today’s gospel readings. We are at the beginning of the Church year, getting ready to head into “Ordinary Time,” learning about what it means to be the Church, a particular people of God.
The Gospel writer takes us back to the beginning. He is using language that espouses a particularly high Christology, or a exalted view of the nature and being of Christ.
From declaring the Jesus was indeed God and declaring that he was responsible for creating everything that is, The Apostle John reminds us tha Jesus was sent to be the salvation of humanity, yet was rejected by his own. And, that those who do receive him are mystically, by the grace and power of God, not only are reconciled with, but become Children of God
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.
But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth.
John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’” From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.