Saint Thomas of Canterbury, Bolton

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Cycle B

Second Sunday of Christmas

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 John 1:1-18

"In the beginning was the Word ..."

In the very beginning, before time began, what do you find? Utter darkness, sheer nothingness? No, says John, author of today's Gospel. In the beginning there was a word. And where there is a word there is Someone who pronounces the word - God himself. Now God's Word, is a perfect expression of Himself, a person like himself. And this Word uttered by God before the advent of time, "was with God, and the Word was God".


God further revealed himself through creation. In the beginning of creation God had spoken: "God said 'let there be light ... and it was' ". And so it came to be for all else that exists: "through him (the Word) all things came into being, not one thing came into being except through him". Next, God had spoken through the history of his Chosen People, and especially through the prophets. And now John the Baptist, the last and greatest of the prophets, who represents and sums up the whole of the Old Testament, "was sent by God, as a witness to the Light".

 
And finally God reveals himself in human flesh: "the Word became flesh". There is something quite startling here. This term 'flesh' expresses that weaker, fallen aspect of human nature, subject to decay and to death. Through the Word become flesh, God has come to dwell amongst us, as one of us. Henceforth, the unseen God can be seen, and can be known, in the earthly life of Jesus Christ, eternal Word made flesh. "No one has ever seen God. It is the only Son who is close to the Father?s heart, who has made him known".