In the Beginning – Truth

Greetings on this The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas
Readings: 1 Jn 2:18-21; PS 96:1-2, 11-12, 13; Jn 1:1-18
Notes: The Gospel of John does not contain an infancy narrative.

The gospel account does these distinct things instead:

  1. The gospel starts as the book of Genesis starts. In the beginning.
  2. It aligns the Christ event with the first creation by the Word of God of matter and light.
  3. It proclaims the Incarnation in the context of creation and light.

John making sure we know from the beginning the Lord knew he would one day dwell among us as brother and friend. So that we might see God according to our capacity to see him.

We saw and related to the Father’s only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth, and sharer of the Father’s glory.

Pope Benedict delighted in teaching of this marvelous Lord who wished intimate life with us because of the generous love, super abundant love, of the divine. He saw faith as a growing and ever evolving expression of truth.

I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now (Jn 16:12).
An ever changing and growing perspective: But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth (Jn 16:13a).

We have inevitably to face up to the question of whether man is made for the truth.

  • Cardinal Ratzinger, Feast of the Transfiguration of Christ, 2003.

And the responsibility to live our existence as a response – as a response to what we are in truth.
(Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Truth and Tolerance, p. 10 and p. 254)

It is our responsibility to do so. Pope Benedict did the best he could.

Pope Benedict XVI, 95 y/o, has died. Only 20 minutes ago.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord,
and may the Perpetual Light shine upon him.
May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace.

Amen.

First reading
Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming, so now many antichrists have appeared.

Every lie is alien to the truth.

Responsorial Psalm
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

Alleluia Verse
The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. To those who accepted him he gave power to become the children of God.

Gospel Portion
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 to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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