Year-end Examination

John 1: 1-18
1 Jn 2:18-21/Ps 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: 1-2)

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)


The year 2013 is about to end, 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) And St. Peter wrote, “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God.” (1 Pet.1:23) This Word now continues to live with us.

As we reflect on this year, let’s ask ourselves: How well did we live the Word of God in 2013? How often did we spread goodwill and cheer among our relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors? How much time did we spend with our family? Or 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 to those who were in desolation, 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 should ask ourselves as we prepare to make our New Year’s resolution to become better Christians, and worthy children of God in 2014.

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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