3. The Feast of St John the Evangelist

3. The Feast of St John the Evangelist

St John wrote: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. And we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

Meditation: God enters into our history

“The Evangelist writes: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). These words, that never cease to amaze us, contain the whole of Christianity! God became mortal, fragile like us, he shared in our human condition, except for sin, but he took ours upon himself, as though they were his own. He entered into our history, he became fully God-with-us! The birth of Jesus, then, shows us that God wanted to unite himself to every man and every woman, to every one of us, to communicate to us his life and his joy.”

“Thus, God is God-with-us, God who loves us, God who walks with us. This is the message of Christmas: the Word became flesh. Thus, Christmas reveals to us the immense love that God has for humanity. From this too derives our enthusiasm, our hope as Christians, that in our poverty we may know that we are loved, that we have been visited, that we are accompanied by God; and we look upon the world and on history as a place in which we walk together with Him and among us toward a new heaven and a new earth.” (Pope Francis, 5 January 2014)

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Nathaniel Westlake / St John the Evangelist / Ceiling Mosaic / Date unknown / The Oratory of St Philip Neri, Birmingham

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