The good news for the day December 31 , 2016
The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas (204)
In the beginning was the word—the archetypal shape of all things,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was divine.
That 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. (John 1)
The great, noble rhythm of these words has shaped, for most of us, a fundamental view of Jesus. A little more knowledge may deepen your life. In His world, there were complex meanings to “Word” (Greek logos/Semitic dabar)—in Greek philosophy, Semitic minds and intangible culture.
In Greek philosophy, the “logos” was the blueprint of the universe, the pattern for a dress—the name for the consistency and coherence of everything. It was the “thought” of God and its utterance creating nature.
A “dabar” in Semitic, is its “thing>’ The Ten Commandments are the “Ten Words.” A “word” spoken is both a “thing done” as well as its “name”
Furthermore, the Gospel readers—unlike us—grasped that it was not as though Jesus was the “Word” and then that entire “word” was a pre-existent Jesus—no, they would have understood that, as our bodies embody—enflesh—evolution, so Jesus enfleshed this Grandeur, this Creativity, this Harmony –to the point of identification—with God’s mind. The point is that Here is Our Model. You are A light for the darkness, an enfleshment of God’s love, a God-like pattern for others. You and I are God’s word made flesh.