Bible Corner

During the Christmas season the Prologue of John’s Gospel is used three times in the liturgy: for the Day Mass on Christmas Day, the 7th Day of the Octave of Christmas 31st December and on the Second Sunday of Christmas. John, as he writes the prologue, teases the message of who Jesus is and what his mission is, bit by bit and presents a powerful reflection on Jesus as Word and John as the one who prepares the way. The lines “The Word was made flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that is his as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John the Apostle and Evangelist witnessed the glory of Jesus and testifies to it. He recognises the Father-Son connection and that the Son is ‘full of grace and truth’. Further down he speaks of what we receive through Jesus: “Indeed, from his fullness we have, all of us, received — yes, grace in return for grace, since, though the Law was given through Moses, grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; it is the only Son, who is nearest to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.” John acknowledges that the fullness of revelation comes through Jesus Christ the Word made flesh. The Jesus born as a child in a stable as described by Matthew and Luke.