By Sem. Roldan B Baliano
December 31, 2019- Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord
One of the most beautiful decorations during Christmas time is the parol. The parol lights our houses and makes them beautiful. In the olden times when lampposts were not yet used and roads were dark, people used parols or lanterns made of paper with candle inside to light the way of the people going to the church to attend the Misa de Gallo. Imagine if those parols were not there to light the people’s path, then there would be darkness just like a life full of uncertainty.
When we live in darkness, we are constrained with fears, doubts and worries and we are deprived of hope, love and peace. When we become selfish, when we become indifferent and when we commit sin, we deny ourselves to become a torch to light and guide others to the path of Christ.
Every Christmas season, we remember the story of our God who gave us his Son, Jesus, the Word that became flesh that dwelt among us. He is the light who shines in the darkness, the light that gives life to all. As we celebrate this season of joy, we are reminded of the goodness of our Lord. Thus, the Gospel for today is an invitation for me that, as I begin this New Year, I can be a light to other people. A light that is ready to illumine others and accompany them to the one true light who is Jesus Christ.
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-begotten 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-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side,
has revealed him.