A reading from the gospel according to John 1:1-18
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be
4 through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race;
5 the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 A man named John was sent from God.
7 He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.
9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him.
11 He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.
12 But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name,
13 who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.
14 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.
15 John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’”
16 From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace,
17 because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God. The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.
At the closing of the year 2021, we reflect on what had happened to our life and to the world. To many people, it was a year of heartbreaks. On its second year, the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause damage to life and livelihood. Although the vaccination of millions of people resulted in the significant decrease of cases, the emergence of a new variant, Omicron, raised new fears among the people and pushed governments around the world to re-impose travel restrictions.
Yet the hope for an end to this pandemic is still flickering. The fact that we are still alive as of the moment is enough reason to be grateful, hopeful and joyful. As the gospel reading speaks of grace, of fullness and of light, we rejoice because God has been gracious to us. Through the birth of His only Son our savior, He has shown how much He love and care for us. Indeed, we did not choose to be born but God decided to grant us life and life in its abundance (John 10:10).
We look forward to the New Year 2022 with so much hope. The Word of redemption has become flesh and He is now dwelling in us and among us. By following His commandments of love, justice and forgiveness, we make this indwelling of the King of kings visible to others. In the end, the Kingdom of heaven will prevail.
Happy grace-filled new year to everyone.