Full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Advent is a season of calm reflection and waiting. It is to be a time when the church prepares itself for the Second Coming of Christ by looking inwardly and evaluating our lives before God. Culturally, the expectation is one of festivity, gift giving and preparing for a new year.
The picture of the eagle with the book in its talons is an early (800 AD) Christian representation of St. John the Evangelist. In the first chapter, St. John described Jesus as God’s Incarnate Word that lived among us, full of grace and truth.
Throughout the Gospel, St. John is telling us stories of how Jesus is full of grace and truth.
In the category of grace, we are immediately met with the wedding at Cana in Chapter 2. Jesus gracefully turns water into very good wine. The Incarnate Word’s grace goes well beyond providing wine at a wedding feast. This Word healed on Sabbath, fed five thousand, and raised Lazarus from the dead.
St. John insisted that the Word was full of truth . . . truth which challenged religious hypocrisy, political expediency ,and self-gratification. This truth was brought to all avenues in life in an effort to be the light in the darkness.
The world is in need of grace and truth. St. John has encouraged the church to testify to the Word made flesh in Jesus Christ by exposing the works of darkness in the world and in ourselves and by being, speaking, and enacting grace in the world that God so loves.
The Reverend Joseph A. Johnson