St Mark begins writing about Jesus from the day of the Lord’s Baptism. St Matthew goes 30 years earlier as he writes about Jesus’ birth. St Luke moves the beginning of Jesus’ story to the time of the Lord’s conception in the immaculate womb of the Virgin May. St John offers us some journey beyond time and outside space when he writes: “In the beginning was the Word: and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Again every time we hear: Word it is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Some attentive listeners can hear here the first sentence from Genesis: “In the beginning God created heaven and earth.” St John in his Gospel refers to Genesis and he passes onto us the message that when heaven and earth were being created the Son of God was there present. But it is not the beginning of Jesus. Jesus Christ doesn’t have a beginning. Jesus doesn’t have his beginning because he existed before time and space were created. He existed with his Father and the Holy Spirit in the mystery of the Holy Trinity. The only beginning we can mark for him is his Incarnation when He took human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary and in this way Divinity was joined with humanity.
Now some of us may ask: “Why does St John speak about Jesus as Word? It is so confusing.” A few minutes ago I sad that St John invites Christians to enter deeper into Christmas’ stories. Those well-known Christmas’ stories can be looked at very superficially. We can focus on the poor family looking for a room in the overcrowded town and then going through more troubles. It make us feel sorry for them. It can bring tears into our eyes. But tears can dry up very quickly and when they are gone we can forget the event for 12 months until the next Christmas arrives and it is time to put up Christmas’ decorations again. That’s why St John enlightened by the Holy Spirit gives us this mysterious term: Word which here means the Son of God. These days we are bombarded with words. We hear lots of empty words, lots of meaningless words or lots of business words as I call them. A good example was the incident that happened a few days ago when a journalist disguised as a priest attempted to get to the hospital room where Michael Schumacher is being treated. He did it because if he had succeeded he would have a piece of information that would be priceless. A piece of information today means business today. If you are the first one to publish the information you make even better business. But let’s go back to the Gospel. When we hear Word it has nothing to do with information etc. A good way to explain it is looking at the conversation of two friends who love and trust each other. When they talk they use words to reveal to each other what sings in their souls. The words express what is inside them, something that cannot be captured by x-rays, CT scans, etc. St John tells us about such a conversation when one of the fiends is God and the other can be you and me. God doesn’t need us to tell him what sings in our soul as he can read us as an open book but He knows that without his self-disclosure we have no chance to get what sings in his heart. His self-disclosure is his Word, his only Son Jesus Christ. That’s why we Christians keep reflecting on Jesus’ story, on his actions, speeches, etc. because from them we learn more about God. God the Father didn’t leave us with guessing who He is but he has given us his Son, his Word as his self-disclosure. Those who have never been true friends with others cannot understand conversations friends have, those who don’t have faith cannot understand that in Jesus we have not some pieces of information about God but that we enter a profound and deep conversation with God. I pray so that all of us can have faith that "a human being lives by every word that proceeds from the moth of God."
You may not be able to cash it in this world but it will earn you eternal life.