1 John 2:18-21
"In the beginning was the Word and the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us."
As this year draws to a close, the words of John’s gospel give us some thoughts to ponder as we prepare for the New Year.
Words are important. Words have power. Words help us express our feelings and emotions, our hopes and our dreams. Words enable us to communicate ideas and thoughts. Words can unite us with others or separate us from one another. Words are significant.
In the beginning, God spoke and the world was created. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. Somehow, before the beginning of time, this Christ child existed, not as a human being, but as God himself, as what we call the WORD.
This Christ had something to do with the creation of every single thing that we have in our lives. And also, He had something to do with the creation of YOU and of ME.
Sometimes, when we consider the vast expanse of the universe, we might think that you and I are very insignificant, but then we learn that this Christ-God, became just like you and me, He became a little child, a person just like us in all things except sin. "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us."
This Word, has graced us with many blessings: The gift of power, God’s power; the gift of light, a light that shines in the darkness but will never be overcome by the darkness; and the gifts of perfect grace and truth, gifts that we receive everyday of our lives.
Words are important. Actions are important.
As we cross the bridge into 2010, let us walk humbly with our God, trusting that He will help us to: CARE DEEPLY, GIVE FREELY, THINK KINDLY, ACT GENTLY, AND BE AT PEACE WITH THE WORLD. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Deacon Brian Clements is a member of the retreat team at Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center in Sierra Madre, Ca.