Christmastide and the Word, better than the Force

Father Michael Cupp in his sermon, helped us see that “the Word” of John 1 is better than the Force of George Lucas’s fictional, fascinating world of Star Wars. In the Force a balance is to be maintained between light and darkness, so that “the dark side” has to hold some sway. However, in that make believe world, it seems that the practices of the Sith are a corruption of the dark side.

The logos, translated “Word” in John 1 (and elsewhere) is the creative power which is more than a force, but is indeed the Son from the Father by or in the Holy Spirit. The Word goes out from the Father to create all things, and then actually enters the world this Word has created. This Word is said to be the life which brings light to all human beings. And darkness is swallowed up in that light.

This Word which was with God and was God is from and in a sense remains at the heart of the Father. And comes into the world to make God’s Dwelling among us in nothing less than complete humanity. The Word became flesh. So that God not only lives with us, but fully identifies with us in becoming one of us, and so that we could dwell with God forever. Beginning now as by faith we receive him- Jesus.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

John 1:1-18

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