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 into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And 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.
(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.’”) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
It’s hard to resist making New Year’s resolutions. Every January I have big plans to pray more, study longer, and eat better every day. Behind all my good intentions is a desire to return my life to some kind of order I feel I lost over the past year.
John’s gospel begins with a rich word— the “Word”— which comes from the ancient Greek logos. Greek philosophers viewed the logos as the power that puts sense into the world: making it a place of order over one of chaos. John seems to say to us, “You thought a long time about ‘the Word.’ Now I’m going to tell you who that is.” He explained Jesus in a way that both Jews and Greeks would have understood: as the one who brings order to our lives.
What amazing new order might we anticipate by making our friendship with Jesus our first resolution for this new year?
—Joe Kraemer, S.J., a Jesuit scholastic of the California province, is studying philosophy at Fordham University.
Come, Lord Jesus, come, Lord Jesus, come, Lord Jesus: come, and be born in our hearts.Come, O Prince of Peace, come, O Prince of Peace, come, O Prince of Peace: come, and be born in our hearts. Please share the Good Word with your friends!