Dec 31, 2016
7th Day in the Octave of Christmas
1 John 2:18-21; Psalm 96; John 1:1-18
Today is the 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas and the last day of the calendar year. Tonight we will ring in a New Year. But in our readings we hear about God doing something new with the coming of the Christ which we celebrated on Christmas Day last week and we continue to celebrate throughout this Christmas Season.
The Gospel today is the same exact reading we heard on Christmas morning (John 1:1-18). It starts out, “In the beginning…” This is the same way the Book of Genesis starts out, “In the beginning…” when God did something new by creating the heavens and the earth. John starts out his Gospel with these same words because God did something new by sending His Son into the world signaling a new creation begun in Christ. The Gospel said, “And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us…” With this new thing God revealed Himself to us through His Son. He made Himself present to us. John the Baptist testified that this Son of God, the Light, has come into the world to enlighten those who would receive Him.
The first reading this morning from the First Letter of St. John tells us that since the Word has come to dwell among us we are now in the last hour. In other words since Jesus has come the world it is now on the clock pushing towards the end of time as we know it. But we are not to worry or be afraid if we remain in Him who has anointed us with His Holy Spirit.
As we continue through this Christmas Season let us remain in the Light that has come into the world and has come into our hearts. And let us live in the Light as a testimony with our lives as John the Baptist testified to the Light…As the world will ring in a New Year this evening we continue to rejoice in God who continues to renew us through His Son.