A Tragic Year to Pass

John 1:1-18
1Jn 2:18-21 / Psa 96

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
(John 1:1-2)

John talks about the Beginning,
We wonder as the year’s end is here:
What will the new year be bringing?
May God fill it with goodwill and cheer.

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 has 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.” (John 1: 1-18)

Reflection

Today, the year 2011 is coming to a close, and for most people here in Mindanao, it has been a year of great tragedy and loss. Never was a Christmas season more painful and most trying. And yet today’s Gospel talks about a beginning — the never-ending Word of God Who is eternal– our Lord Jesus Christ, the Alpha and the Omega. He is “the light that shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (Jn.1:5) Through this Light from God we have come to have life, because through Him God has given us power to become children of God, believing as we do in the power of His Name. (Jn. 1:12)

Today, let us reflect for a moment on how we have lived this past year, so that we can make a firm resolve to become even better in the coming year. How well did we spread goodwill and cheer among our relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors? How often did we show affection for our spouse and children? How much time did we spend with our parent(s) or grandparent(s), knowing how little time they have left to live on earth? How much effort and resources did we expend to give life and hope to those who were in desolation, (the hapless victims of the Sendong floods), or the light of the Good News to those who were in darkness? We have received the fullness of God’s grace; how much of it did we share with others? How often did we stand for the truth, and spoke against the immoral and the unjust? How much good did we accomplish to make this world a better place to live in? These are just some of the questions we must ask ourselves if we are to make a resolution to become better Christians, and worthy children of God in 2012.

Lord Jesus, as we enter another year in our life’s journey, we pray for the grace to become better heralds of Your Good News not only in words, but in living our lives in accordance with our Father’s will. May the Holy Spirit abide in us always, as we strive to be more spiritually active and productive in the coming year. Amen.

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