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 into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he 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 into being through him; yet the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
I once remarked to a friend how inspirational and faith-filled a person he was. “Does the window pane take credit for the light that it lets in?” he asked. “The source of the light isn’t the glass but the sun that shines through it. And so it is with me, I am just the windowpane of God’s light to the world”. Today’s Gospel reminds us that we “are not the light” but instead are “to testify to the light”.
This year, as you make your New Year’s resolutions, strive to set spiritual resolutions such as spending time each day by reading and reflecting upon the Word of God. St. Jerome famously declared that “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”. Spending time with the Word will help to facilitate God’s light to shine evermore through you. What other spiritual resolutions can you make this year to “testify to the light”?
—Julianne Stanz is a speaker, writer and mother of three, originally from Ireland, and Director of the New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay.
Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all. Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures.
I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul: I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.
—Charles de Foucauld, Prayer of Abandonment.Please share the Good Word with your friends!