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 were made through him, and without him nothing came to be. Whatever has come to be, found life in him; life, which for human beings, was also light, light that shines in darkness, light that darkness could not overcome. A man came, sent by God; his name was John. He came to bear witness, as a witness to introduce the Light, so that all
might believe through him.
He was not the Light, but a witness to introduce the Light; for the Light was coming into the world, the true Light that enlightens everyone.
He was in the world, and through him the world was made, the very world that did not know him.
He came to his own, yet his own people did not receive him; but to all who received him, he empowers to become children of God, for they believe in his name.
These are born, but not by seed, or carnal desire, nor by the will of man: they are born of God.
And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us; and we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father: fullness of truth and loving­kindness.
John bore witness to him openly, saying, “This is the one who comes after me, but he is already ahead of me, for he was before me.”
From his fullness we have all received, favor upon favor. For God had given us the law through Moses, but Truth and Loving­kindness came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God, but God­the­only­Son made him known: the one, who is in and with the Father.

“he was in the beginning with God”
When disasters are about to happen, a government agency usually takes the lead to warn citizens of the ill effects of an impending calamity, either through media or other means of communication. They would gather the people, inform them and warn them.
Today’s first reading explains to us an impending disaster in faith being witnessed by John. Thus, he warns the Christians of his time of the antichrist and de­fectors in the faith (cf 1 John 12). The early Christians needed to address the doctrinal concerns which bother them. The Gospel defines their faith in Jesus, in a very succinct and clear presen­tation. It says “and the Word be­came flesh and made his dwel­ ling among us”.
May we always take comfort in the faith transmitted to us by the Church, study it in our hearts and be grateful for this faith forever.

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