Daily Gospel Reflection for December 31, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: John 1: 1-18

What a wonderful way to live in the Christmas Season, aware of the great mystery and gift of the Incarnation and to bridging one calendar year with another. Today we hear the great Story of Creation anew. We are invited to remember that Original Sin was not “in the beginning.” Many people of faith cannot get past the story of Adam and Eve, and the idea of original sin. Many would-be believers can’t accept it as anything more than a children’s story.

Instead, everything that has life and lives for the light, comes from the Lover, the Beloved and the Love between them. Not a paternal God waiting to punish His creatures when they go astray, but rather a Father to whom the Son “became flesh.” Rather than the spurned children of Eve, the Incarnation is the highest compliment every paid to humanity. With the Incarnation , we are raised up to see God face to face.

Ponder:

This time of year can be one of nostalgia and the tightrope between new hopes and old baggage. Is it possible to let our images of the Child Jesus to grow so that this Word made Flesh can dwell amongst us TODAY not as the little child of old memories, but a living relationship with the people we have grown to be with God by our side?

Pray:

You are the alpha and omega

The first present and the real presence

Dwell in us through time

So that as one year ends and another begins

We can count ourselves closer to you

Older and wiser ones

Following the stars of our times

To the bend where Heaven and Earth meet

Copyright 2014 Jay Cuasay

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Jay Cuasay is a freelance writer on Religion, interfaith relations and culture. A post-Vatican II Catholic father with a Jewish spouse, he is deeply influenced by Christian mysticism and Zen Buddhism. He was a regular columnist on Catholicism for examiner.com and a moderator and contributor to several groups on LinkedIn. His LTEs on film and Jewish Catholic relations have been published in America and Commonweal. He currently ministers to English and Spanish families at a Franciscan parish. He can be reached at [email protected] or at TribePlatypus.com.

2 Comments

  1. Jay, I type through tears of joy. Thank you for closing out our first year of Daily Gospel reflections with such a beautiful reflection and prayer. Your prayer makes me think about this passage of the gospel:

    From his fullness we have all received,
    grace in place of grace,
    because while the law was given through Moses,
    grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

    and how it is so often in relationships and loved ones that I find God most tangibly present. That grace… it’s there for us. Thank you for the fruitful prayer time you’ve prompted in my heart today.

  2. It has been a full year, such that, it was not until this moment that I recalled that there were words to the closing of this year.
    His grace and will ever be the surprises and passions that kindle these years gifted to us.

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