Jn 1:1-18 (or Jn 1:1-5, 9-14)
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 were made through him and without him nothing came to be. Whatever has come to be, found life in him, life which for human beings was also light. Light that shines in the darkness: light that darkness could not overcome. A man came, sent by God; his name was John. He came to bear witness, as a witness to introduce the Light so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light but a witness to introduce the Light; for the Light was coming into the world, the true Light that enlightens everyone. He was in the world, and through him the world was made, the very world that did not know him. He came to his own, yet his own people did not receive him; but to all who received him, he empowers to become children of God, for they believe in his name.
These are born, but not by seed, or carnal desire, nor by the will of man: they are born of God. And the Word was made ﬂesh and dwelt among us; and we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father: fullness of truth and loving-kindness. John bore witness to him openly, saying, “This is the one who comes after me, but he is already ahead of me, for he was before me.” From his fullness we have all received, favor upon favor. For God had given us the law through Moses, but Truth and Loving-kindness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God-the-only-Son made him known: the one, who is in and with the Father.
John’s Prologue is a canticle to the Word of God in his being and in all his successive functions:
The Word is divine and eternal
The Word is creator
The Word enlightens all men
The Word came to his people and was not received
The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, so he became visible and we have seen his glory as the only begotten Son of the Father full of grace and truth.
And it is the faith in Jesus that made us children of God beyond blood, carnal desires and human will.
The incarnate Word is the summit of God’s gifts beyond Moses’ and John’s witnessing.
Only Jesus is the fullness of grace and the total revelation of God, since he is his Son among us.
When and how these “good news” can transform our reality today?
Yes, we must spread them with love and perseverance, trusting in the grace of the Father who sent his Son and the Holy Spirit, and being attentive to the multifold signs of salvation that we recognize among us every day.
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