Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The Prologue of the Gospel according to John: Daily Mass Homily--Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 (7th day of Christmas)

(Listen to this homily here).

            This morning we heard one of the most beautiful and deep passages of the Bible—the Prologue of the Gospel according to John.
            This introduction to John’s account serves as an overture to the rest of his narrative.  One could also say it is a great summary of the whole Bible.  Several different themes emerge which are frequent in the rest of the book: light versus darkness, belief (which John writes of more than any other Gospel), testimony, grace, fulfillment, God versus the world.
            I would like to reflect for a moment on one of the key verses in the Prologue—indeed a key verse for the entire Bible.  John 1:14 states: “And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”  This is the great mystery of the incarnation of Jesus Christ—that God became man, that God became a baby!
            What is really cool is to know that the phrase made his dwelling could also be translated as made his tent or made his tabernacle.  By coming as a man, Jesus is tenting or tabernacling among us.  Every time we come to church we see this reality continued in a different way—Jesus is still dwelling, tenting, tabernacling with us in his real presence in the Eucharist!
            We pray that we may live out the realities expressed in the Prologue of John.  In a particular way, as we come to Mass this Christmas day we recognize that Jesus still dwells among us in the Eucharist and ask for the grace to follow him faithfully.

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