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Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
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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.
In the end. This afternoon I went to visit a woman whose body is slowly coming to an end. Her daughter spoke beautifully about her. As I was leaving their tiny apartment, she asked me if there was anything else that needed to be done. I told her no. But then I added, “Stay by her side and let her know how much she means to you. If I were dying, I would like someone to tell me I made a difference in their life, that I was a good person, and that I will be missed.”
Isn’t that what matters most?
Knowing Jesus is one thing; being another Christ is another thing. In fact, I am convinced it is the most important thing since even the devil knows who Jesus Christ is.
In the beginning. Typically, when something comes to an end (or we complete it), something else or new begins. Take for example a relationship. If one ends, it is not uncommon for another to begin. So too it is with the years.
Goodbye 2013. Hello 2014.
St. John’s Gospel begins where the Book of Exodus ended: “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.”
Life on earth is remarkable. Its beginning and end are clearly defined. However, what is not so well defined is who we are as individuals. Who am I? Do I even know? Do I even care?
We may think we know who we are, but we may actually find ourselves surprising ourselves from time to time, especially when we are placed under certain conditions and circumstances.
Let’s get to work. For this reason, a new year offers everyone a wonderful opportunity to start again by chipping away at sin and putting on Christ. As St. Paul tells us: “Put on, a God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection” (Col 3:12-21).
What an offer? Who could refuse? You might be surprised! I, for one, find this difficult. So I gotta get to work!
Every time (every hour and every day) I put on Christ the Lord comes back to earth! He does so through us.
“…to those who did accept him he gave them power to become children of God…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.”
Happy New Year! (144)
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