Today’s readings emphasize the coming of the Lord’s Kingdom. We have been told about the coming, but we need to be ready. In the first reading, John writes of “the last hour,” meaning the period between the Resurrection and Christ’s Second Coming. The last four lines, “You have the anointing that comes from the Holy One, and you all have knowledge. I write to you not because you do not know the truth but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth,” (1 John 2:20-21) tell us God has given us laws to live by so that we know right from wrong. The evils of temptation are “alien to the truth” and should be avoided at all costs, for Christ is coming again and we must be ready for Him.
The Responsorial Psalm reverberates “sing, let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice…announce his salvation day after day.” This goes back to Christ’s second coming, celebrating His coming to earth and dying so that we might have salvation. God gave us the Law to live by and promised us eternal life if we follow it; we must follow the Law and be ready for the coming of His kingdom, for He is coming.
The Gospel (John 1:1-18) speaks of the Word, who was God and “became flesh and made his dwelling among us. And we saw his glory.” Jesus came into the world so that we might be saved, but was rejected. He “was in the world, the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own but the people did not accept him. But those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God.” The point driven home is that we must readily accept Jesus so that when He comes in His glory, we might be saved.
What does it mean to readily accept Jesus in our lives? What are some of the lies that are “alien to the truth"? When applying today’s readings to my life, I feel as though I need to start over. How perfectly ironic is it that tomorrow begins a new year? This is the perfect time to make a New Year’s resolution: we must let go of the lies that are alien to the truth so that we may be ready for the coming of His kingdom. I need to let go of the lies of sin: busyness, distorted body image, gossiping, broken relationships, lack of deep relationships, materialism, pride, and so many others of which I am horribly guilty.