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Thursday, December 31st. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 1:1-18.


The 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas

31 December 2015

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ

No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God,

who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 1:1-18.

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 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 Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.

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DAILY MASS – Thursday 31 December 2015 

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The 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas

31 December 2015

Commentary of the day

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Detail from Valle Romita Polyptych by Gentile da Fabriano (circa 1400)

Detail from Valle Romita Polyptych
by Gentile da Fabriano (circa 1400)

Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), Dominican theologian, Doctor of the Church
Commentary on St John’s Gospel, I, 178f.

“The Word was the true light which enlightens everyone coming into the world”

“What we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerning the Word of life, we proclaim now to you” (1Jn 1,1-3)… The incarnate Word was made known to the apostles in two ways: first of all they recognised him by sight, as receiving knowledge of the Word from the Word himself; secondly by hearing, this time by receiving knowledge of the Word from the witness of John the Baptist.

Concerning the Word, John the Baptist first of all affirms that: “We have seen his glory”… For Saint John Chrysostom these words are connected with what precedes in John’s Gospel: “The Word became flesh”. What the evangelist means is: the Incarnation has bestowed on us the blessing, not merely of becoming children of God, but of seeing his glory. For indeed, weak and feeble eyes cannot of themselves look at the light of the sun, but when it shines through a cloud or some other opaque body, then they can do so. Before the incarnation of the Word human minds were incapable of themselves of beholding the light “that enlightens everyone”. But so that they might not be deprived of the joy of seeing him, the Light himself, the Word of God, desired to be clothed with flesh so that we might be able to see him.

Thus people “turned toward the desert, and lo!, the glory of the Lord appeared in a cloud” (Ex 16,10), namely the Word of God in flesh… And Saint Augustine comments that, so that we might be able to see God, the Word healed men’s eyes by making a healing eye-ointment of his flesh… That is why, immediately after saying: “The Word became flesh”, the evangelist adds: “And we saw his glory” as if to say that, no sooner had the ointment been applied, than our eyes were healed… This is the glory that Moses desired to see but of which he saw only a shadow and a symbol. The apostles, on the other hand, saw his majesty itself.

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The 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas

31 December 2015

Saint of the day

St. Sylvester I, Pope, (+ 335)

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SAINT SYLVESTER
Pope
(? – 335)

        Sylvester was born in Rome toward the close of the third century.

        He was a young priest when the persecution of the Christians broke out under the tyrant Diocletian. Idols were erected at the corners of the streets, in the market-places, and over the public fountains, so that it was scarcely possible for a Christian to go abroad without being put to the test of offering sacrifice, with the alternative of apostasy or death. During this fiery trial, Sylvester strengthened the confessors and martyrs, God preserving his life from many dangers.

In 312 a new era set in. Constantine, having triumphed under the ” standard of the Cross,” declared himself the protector of the Christians, and built them splendid churches. At this juncture Sylvester was elected to the chair of Peter, and was thus the first of the Roman Pontiffs to rule the flock of Christ in security and peace. He profited by these blessings to renew the discipline of the Church, and in two great Councils confirmed her sacred truths. In the Council of Arles he condemned the schism of the Donatists; and in that of Nicæa, the first general Council of the Church, he dealt Arianism its death-blow by declaring that Jesus Christ is the true and very God.

Sylvester died A. D. 335.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]
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Mark 16:15-20

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“I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20.

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