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.
As a photography teacher, I convey to my students that photography is an artform that involves drawing with light. A student of photography has to come to know and love light because light is what shapes and sculpts the subject of one’s photographs.
Today, we hear John testifying to the “true light”, Christ Jesus, who in a way partakes in the activity of shaping and sculpting. Since Christ came into the world, he and his disciples have shaped the centuries in ways that we can name and ways that are hidden to us. Undoubtedly, Christ has shaped and sculpted the world anew.
The invitation for us on this last day of 2019 might be to rest in the light. As we are warmed by the gentleness of the rays, can we ponder and name the many ways we have allowed Christ, the Light of the world, to shape and sculpt us throughout this year?
Longing for light, we wait in darkness
Longing for truth, we turn to You.
Make us Your own, Your holy people
Light for the world to see.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in Your church gathered today.
—Excerpt from Christ, Be Our Light! by Bernadette Farrell, © 1993, published by OCPPlease share the Good Word with your friends!