In the beginning was the Word

A Journey into Faith with Father Thomas Keating

Christmas

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 …

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 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 of blood nor by human choice

nor by the will of man, 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 Son, full of grace and truth.

John 1:1-5, 9-14

Jesus did not merely assume a human body and soul; He assumed the actual human condition in its entirety, including the instinctual needs of human nature and the cultural conditioning of His time … ‘The Word was made flesh’ signifies that by taking the human condition upon Himself with all its consequences, Jesus introduced into the entire human family the principle of transcendence, giving the evolutionary process a decisive thrust toward God-consciousness … ‘To everyone who received Him, He gave power to become the children of God,’ that is, to know their Divine Source …

The joy of Christmas is the intuition that all limitations to growth into higher states of consciousness have been overcome. The Divine Light cuts across all darkness, prejudice, preconceived ideas, prepackaged values, false expectations, phoniness and hypocrisy. It presents us with the truth. To act out of the truth is to make Christ grow not only in ourselves, but in others. The humdrum duties and events of daily life become sacramental, shot through with eternal implications.

Now is the time of salvation …

Now it the time

when the whole of divine mercy

is available …

Now is the time to risk further growth.

The light of Christmas is an explosion of insight changing our whole idea of God. Our childish ways of thinking of God are left behind. As we turn our enchanted gaze toward the Babe in the crib, our inmost being opens to the new consciousness that the Babe has brought to the world.

The Mystery of Christ

Practice

On this Christmas day,

intend to unite Divine Light and Love

with giving, receiving, and preparing the Christmas celebration.

Light the Christmas candle.

–––

God of Love, Father of all,

the darkness that covered the earth

has given way to the bright dawn

of Your Word made flesh.

Make us a people of this light.

Make us faithful to Your Word.

that we may bring your life to the waiting world.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.

AMEN.

Un gând despre “In the beginning was the Word

  1. A republicat asta pe BLOGUL UNEI BUNICI și a comentat:

    Azi, de Craciun + Hanukah, am dat de textul de mai jos postat intr-un grup fb adunat in jurul unui regretat de multi frate si parinte Thomas Keating.

    Incepe cu faimosul pasaj din evanghelia dupa Ioan care face parte din liturghia zilei. Cum e vorba, intens, de acea Lumina de care avem toti nevoie in vremuri tulburi, il trimit mai departe. M-am gindit azi la cei dragi mai apropiati si mai indepartati, sarbatosind Hanukah/Craciun sau nici una nici alta; la o prietena care e pe punctul sa-si piarda vederea, la fimul vazut zilele astea pe Netflix, HEAL… si am lasat cintecele de Craciun/Noël sa rasune, fara sa le impartasesc cuiva. Surorile de la Camarzani cu vocile lor de ingeri, Mahalia Jackson…

    Iar daca tot se facura 30 de ani de la „evenimente”, mi-am adus aminte de noaptea 24/25 decembrie 89. Lucrasem in tura de dupa masa la Rompres, nu se punea problema ca cineva sa se intoarca acasa dupa lasarea intunericului. Se mai tragea… Am vazut la televizor oribilul video, si pe urma m-am intins pe niste scaune si am ascultat radio. Cineva, acolo, care poate percepuse cit era de satanica executia, pusese Johannes Passion poate pentru a invoca, cine stie, Lumina in bezna aia hidoasa plina de glasuri mincinoase.

    Sarbatori fericite, dragilor! Sa aprindem o luminare pentru cei care s-au dus.

    Agnes

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