Intention: That with a new year will come a new spirit in all people that inspires us to work together to heal our broken world with compassion, peace, and justice.
Today’s Gospel | John 1:1-18
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 to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but 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 to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.
But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth.
John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’” 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. No one has ever seen God. The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.
From the Tenth Meditation for the Time of Retreat | Saint John Baptist de La Salle
Consider that the purpose of the coming of the Son of God into this world was to destroy sin. This must also be the main purpose of the establishment of the Christian Schools and, therefore, the first object of your zeal. It must lead you to allow nothing in the children under your guidance that could displease God…That is why you must show your zeal for the glory of God and the salvation of your disciples.
Eternal Father, you sent your Son to be with us and to teach us how to be who you created us to be. You are the food that nourishes us, the fire that tempers us, the calm that brings us peace. During this Christmas time, open our ears to hear your word, our eyes to see your works, our hearts to welcome one another into our lives. May we grow in our awareness of your presence and in our faithfulness to your will. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.