Daily Gospel Reflection for December 31, 2015


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Today’s Gospel: John 1:1-18

Optional Memorial of Saint Sylvester I, Pope

I can think of no passage more beautiful or profound than the beginning to John’s Gospel. As we slip from one calendar year to the next, we also sit deep within the Christmas season, where the seed planted and harvested through Advent has now broken into the world. The ripples and import of salvation history are all expressed quite poetically in today’s Gospel.

And what more fitting time to hear Genesis echoed again than now. This is the beginning of things anew. This is also the testimony that from the very beginning, God made the world good and alive in the light.


New Year’s resolutions may come and go. What remains is the truth that darkness overcomes light. What is true is that new beginnings are possible; they can be change for the better. And ultimately, though life winds down to its end, death is not the end.


Resolve in us, O Lord,
That our endings and beginnings
May be rooted in your Word,
That your light may shine forth,
And we may be drawn to it.
Darkness falls away,
And we are witnesses
To Life, To Light, to Truth.

We thank our friends at The Word Among Us for providing our gospel reflection team with copies of Abide In My Word 2015: Mass Readings at Your Fingertips. To pray the daily gospels with this wonderful resource, visit The Word Among Us.

Copyright 2015 Jay Cuasay


About Author

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 TribePlatypus.com.

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