ISSL Reflections July 3 2022 John 1:1–14 Post 1

I.
With this week’s focus we move from Isaiah to the prologue of the Fourth Gospel. I suspect it is familiar to many and perhaps some regard it as I do – as one of my favorite passages.

Despite its possible familiarity, can we approach it as if we were hearing this for the first time?

So, if you are coming to this as hearing it for the first time, what stops you and holds your attention?

II.
John 1:1-14 (New Revised Standard Version)

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.

III.
What did you hear?

Did you hear echoes of the creation story found in Genesis?

Were you left wondering what “Word” is this? How can this “Word” be connected to God?

How does “Word” give “being” to “life” and “light”?

Are there other things that stand out to you?
charles
{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}


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