Friday, December 28, 2012
The Gospel of John and the Book of Genesis both begin with, “In the Beginning.” St. John describes the pre-existence of the Son of God in a poetic expression linking heaven and earth. The frame of bounded time is set against the expanse of eternity. Into this frame enters the eternal Word.
Four times in the prologue—nowhere else in this Gospel—the Greek, charis is used, usually translated into English as “grace.” This is the action of God as it enters our human lives. It is the New Testament term for the loving-kindness of God as found in the Hebrew Scriptures. Keeping with the sense of God’s presence among the desert-wandering Jews in the tabernacle, John asserts, “The Word was made flesh and has pitched his tent among us” (author’s translation).
The Reading for Today
This is the Fourth Week in Advent, Year C.
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Fridays in Year C are dedicated to the Gospel of St. Luke.