Faith Daily | 31 December 2020
PRAYER of the Week| APBA p.476
you have shed upon us
the light of your incarnate Word:
may this light, kindled in our hearts,
shine forth in our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
GOSPEL for the Day: John 1: 1-18
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
15(John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.’”) 16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by Meredith Nicholls
On the eve of a brand new year it is timely to reflect on today’s reading. I find it brings stability and hope in my life to read that in the beginning, all of life, absolutely everything, from the God particle (Higgs boson) to the most gargantuan galaxy was created by this divine being we call God – and in him all things hold together. (Col 1:17)
Yet this vast, infinite, mysterious, intangible God, chose to make himself known to us by his Son, who came down into this messy complicated world to bring light and life and truth to humanity. Incredibly not all of humanity was able to grasp this incarnate God and the most outrageous gift of love and grace ever to have been bestowed on us.
Jesus brought a light into the darkness and offers abundant life to all who choose to accept it. This is no ordinary light. This light pierces into every tiny crevice, and through the heaviest of darkness. Darkness has gained no traction in trying to snuff it out.
To take a macroscopic view of the world helps us to gain perspective and to humbly acknowledge that there is a much greater creative and redemptive Divine Being who is accessible and who dwells within through the power of His Spirit.
In this coming year, what would it take for you to ‘Seek first the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need?’ Mt. 6: 33.
FINAL PRAYER: Romans 11: 33-36
Oh Lord, the depths of the riches of Your wisdom and knowledge!
How unsearchable are Your judgements,
and Your paths beyond tracing out!
Who has known Your mind? or who has been your Counsellor?
Who has ever given to You that You should repay them?
For from You and through You and for You are all things.
To You be the glory forever!