St. John pointing to Christ - Murillo (1655)
St. John pointing to Christ – Murillo (1655)

Today’s reading for the Mass is the Prologue of St. John’s Gospel (John 1:18). And what a reading it is!

The Prologue is perhaps, word for word, one of the most powerful, breathtaking, poetic and theologically-packed passages in the Bible.  Of course, it is focused, as it must be, on our Lord Jesus Christ.

It’s not possible to offer a full exegesis on the Prologue in a short post (or a long post, for that matter!); instead, John’s use of “The Word” will be briefly reviewed.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1).

There is a lot here, but here are some essentials that amplify the complete awesomeness of Jesus:

Of all the men who have ever lived, there is no man who comes close to the Son of Man, the Word who was with God and is God from the beginning.  Meditating on John 1:1 and discerning its meaning can help us to be awed by Jesus.

Of note, for a fuller catechesis and to grow in biblical knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, CatholicManNight highly recommends The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible with commentary by Dr. Scott Hahn and Mr. Curtis Mitch.  It an essential resource for Catholic men who wish to grow in the awe and love of Jesus Christ: