Today’s Gospel is commonly known as the Prologue of John.
It is a semi-poetic piece of literature that tells the story of the coming of the Logos or the Word into the world. It contains the famous line, “And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us,” which best describes the mystery of incarnation of the eternal Logos in the person of Jesus Christ.
Some commentators believe that the center of the Prologue rests in the line “he gave power to become children of God.” The Word became flesh and dwelt among us in order that those who believe in him would be given power to become God’s children. God wants us to become his children, and Jesus’ incarnation has made that possible.
Do we realize that God’s incarnation in the person of Jesus Christ has opened the possibility for us to become God’s children? How do we value this divine and precious gift of being God’s children? How do we incarnate our faith in Jesus Christ?
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…
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…