FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
December 31, 2018
New Year’s Eve
WORD of the DAY
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.
( John 1: 10-12)
How shall I live this Word?
It is a passage of the Gospel of St. John the Apostle and we immediately grasp its exceptional expressive power. In only two lines, the word ‘world’ is repeated three times. With this, the author makes us aware of the enormity of the event that occurred just when at the time of Emperor Augustus, the known world was dominated and unified by Roman power. Here, in this fullness of time, the very high Word of God who created this beautiful human home (this our world) came to be a human being.
In the midst of those people who were (or rather are) His, because they were called to have this wonderful creation as their home, the Lord, while maintaining His divine nature, also assumed our human nature. This is something great, marvelous, ennobling for humanity, but many have not accepted the Author of the gift. It is the maximum of mental madness and the heart’s insipidity. But truly blessed are those who, over the centuries, have made room in their heart and life for the Word of God who became human in our darkness: Christ Jesus.
Something beautiful, precious has happened here: I have, we have become Children of God. He is this by nature, we are by grace: a grace obtained at a ‘very high price’ by Him who raises us up to unparalleled dignity.
Lord, grant that I may always think of this. Help me to live my dignity given to me by You, respecting it in my life and in that of my sisters and brothers.
The Voice of Blessed Bernadette Bianchi Porro
In God’s hands, even the most insignificant things can become our comet.
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Comment by Sr. Maria Pia Giudici, FMA