December 31, 2015 THURSDAY, CHRISTMAS WEEKDAY
St. Sylvester I, Pope
1 Jn 2:18-21 / Jn 1:1-18
[St. Pope Sylvester I (d. 335) contributed to the expansion of Christianity after the Peace of Constantine.]
Reading: 1 Jn 2:18-21
My dear children, it is the last hour. You were told that an antichrist would come; but several antichrists have already come, by which we know that it is now the last hour.
They went out from us though they did not really belong to us. Had they belonged to us, they would have remained with us. So it became clear that not all of us were really ours.
But you have the anointing from the Holy One, so that all of you have true wisdom.
I write to you, not because you lack knowledge of the truth, but because you already know it, and lies have nothing in common with the truth.
Gospel: Jn 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 humans was also light. Light that shines in the dark: 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 already 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 all who have received him he empowers to become children of God for they believe in his Name. These are born, but without seed or carnal desire or will of man: they are born of God.
And the Word was made flesh; he had his tent pitched among us, and we have seen his Glory, the Glory of the only Son coming from the Father: fullness of truth and loving-kindness.
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 Loving-kindness came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God-the-Only-Son made him known: the one who is in and with the Father.
Today's Gospel reading is the magnificent and highly theological prologue to the Gospel of John: that the Word of God "was made flesh." Let us reflect prayerfully on God's loving redemption.
Today is the last day of the year. We may ask ourselves: has the year been filled with the goodness of the Lord? How many blessings have we received from him this year? How many disappointments have we also had?
Let us offer everything of the past year to God and give the Lord a resounding thank you! Let us thank him for the good times and the bad times. Let us renew our commitment to be his faithful disciples. Let us offer all our activities, plans and hopes for the coming year to the Lord and ask him to bless all our endeavors. Let us ask him for the grace to be lights in the world, reflecting to others Jesus who is the true Light of the world.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
IN MEMORIAM (+)
FELIPE QUE CHUA, M.D.
ONG HUAY KIA
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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