Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/123116.cfm
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 came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.
But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God.
And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son, full of grace and truth.
John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’” From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.
Jesus came to save us, He gave His life so that we may have a second chance to live. He never gives up on us and He is the God of second chances. We are at the end of an old year, we are being given another chance to live the life that God wants for each of us. A life of freedom, lived in love, joy and happiness with the promise of eternal life. Will you take this opportunity? Will you put aside the ways of the world and turn your life over to God? His love is worth more than the world can offer you. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I turned my life over to you and I give you praise for all the peace, joy and happiness I have received from you. You set me free Lord and I thank you! In Jesus’ holy name, Amen!!
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!