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Sunday Scripture Reflection: John 1:1-18

Updated: Jan 5, 2021

On this Second Sunday of Christmas, we hear the opening words of the Gospel according to John. Of the four Gospel accounts, John's account is filled with the most theological language and connections to the Hebrew Scripture. In these first words of chapter one, we will hear strong connections to the opening words of Genesis, making it clear that God, the Creator of all life, is up to something new in the birth of Christ.

Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to John. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (John 1:1-18).

For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):

  • After reading the assigned Scripture lesson, reflect on these opening words in John's Gospel account, paying particular attention to the verse that states that the Word was made flesh, but the people did not accept Him. Why do you believe Jesus was rejected by his own people?

  • After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the study guide below, reflect on the following: in what ways does God enable all people to become children of God; and how is God's empowerment a direct challenge to the power structures of our world...violence, privilege, power, etc?

  • After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on the author's words: "the second half of our reading is a...description of the unfolding process of God's love revealed in Christ. The outcome of that process is new comprehension of who we are." How does the new comprehension of who we are change our lives and help us to become people who live the Good News of Christ?

  • After reading the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph below, give particular thought to the meaning of the "Light of Christ" and reflect on the question: "how does one live in God's light?"

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