Commentary for Sunday: 2nd January

John 1, 1-5. 9-14

 

Sunday, 2nd January 2022 (2nd Christmas  C)

 

We are still in the Christmas season, and we have celebrated important events: Christmas, Holy Family, First of January, feast of Mary, Mother of God. These have certainly been days of good intentions, of getting closer to our loved ones, as far as possible, of celebrations and joys. In this still Christmas-like atmosphere, this Sunday’s Word of God invites us to reflect on what we are experiencing. The first reading, taken from the book of Sirach, praises Wisdom: the Wisdom of God has come down from the heights and has encamped in the midst of his people: “I have taken root among a glorious people, among the portion of the Lord”. These words are very similar to what the Evangelist John tells us in the prologue of his Gospel: “the Word was with God, the Word was God, and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”. God the Father sends us his Word, his Son, who takes on a body like ours in Jesus of Nazareth. He is the fulfilment of the prophecies of the Old Testament. It is the realisation of God’s saving plan for us.

The Gospel also reminds us that “he came to his own, but they did not receive him”. There are those who do not accept that in that humble family of Nazareth the Wisdom of God is being realised. “But to those who received it, it gives power to become children of God”.

How have I lived these days, what effect has the birth of the Saviour had on me, and am I aware that he continues to be born in my environment and to be present in my life?

Like St. Paul in the second reading, may we thank God for having chosen us to be his children, and may we ask him to grant us to know better the grace we have received.

 

Juan Ramón Gómez Pascual, cmf

 

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