ISSL Reflections July 3 2022 John 1:1–14 Post 2

Today as you return to these words let your attention be drawn to how this “light” is presented.

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.

Several things are said about this “light.”

What grabs and holds your attention?

the life was the light of all people
the light shines in darkness
darkness did not overcome it
the true light, which enlightens everyone,
the true light … was coming into the world

The writer seems to think this “light” is all pervasive and available to everyone.

Do you think you can agree with him or not?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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