Daily Reading: 06 June – The Living Word: The Word Became Flesh – John 1:1-18 ~ his life brought light to everyone

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

[Week 11: These readings explore the life of Jesus from his eternal past to his birth and early life on earth. We get a glimpse of his glory and also of his humanity as he is confronted with temptation. John and Luke show us how people respond to Jesus, some with outright rejection and others with wholehearted acceptance. In these readings, we meet Jesus, the fully human, fully divine son of God, the Word become flesh, the Living Word.]

E100:11.a – The Living Word

The Word Became Flesh, John 1:1-18 (NLT)

Prologue: Christ, the Eternal Word

1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4 The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

6 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. 9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

John 1.14

14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”

16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.

“”The Word Was God” – Powell – Oasis Chorale

Prayer (Lectio Divina: John 1,1-18)

Loving Father,

You gave us your Son Jesus Christ and let him share our poverty. He brought us grace upon grace, for all that comes from you is a free gift. Accept our thanks for the moments when we accepted your gifts and shared them with one another. Accept our thanks for the times we listened attentively to your Son’s words and put them into practice.

Help us go forward with hope and joy, with joy and mutual encouragement, with the companion in life you have given us, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Closing Sentence

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are….” – 1 John 3:1a

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!