JOHN PAUL II
Sunday, 2 January 2005
1. The Gospel reading of Christmas Day resounds once more in the liturgy on this first Sunday of the new year: "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us" (Jn 1: 14).
The Word of God is the Eternal Wisdom that acts in the universe and in history. It is Wisdom that is fully revealed in the mystery of the Incarnation, in order to establish a kingdom of life, love and peace.
The Child of Bethlehem is the One who, on the vigil of his death of redemption, will leave to us the commandment to love one another as he has loved us (cf. Jn 13: 34). It is in the concrete fulfilment of "his" commandment that he makes his presence felt.
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