Fr. Larry Richards is the founder and president of The Reason for our Hope Foundation, a non- profit organization dedicated to "spreading the Good News" by educating others about Jesus Christ. His new homilies are posted each week.
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THE WORD John 1:1-18 “Who is Jesus?” “...these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 1:1-18 1 In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God,and the Word was God.2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testifyconcerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 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. 15 (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.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b] is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known. JESUS CHRIST IS THE WORD A Reason for Life– The Greek word forWordis logos. Epicureans said, “There are no answers solive for pleasure, party hearty." Stoics said, “There are no answers but let’s live as if there are.” The Authority for Life– He is truth. “He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” JESUS CHRIST IS LIFE “In him was life.” “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” “A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy." “I have come so that they might have life and have it in abundance.” Everyone has physical life (bios) Only Jesus gives eternal life (zoé) “Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life." JESUS IS THE LIGHT. His light reveals my sin. His light reveals His way. "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” "For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." The ONE Challenge P – Pray. E – Eat. A – Ask. "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." ...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,(you can’t be born a Christian), nor of human decision (on your own terms, by your own theology), or a husband’s will (not to please someone else), but born of God. 31% believe in an "Authoritarian God" who is "angry at humanity's sins and engaged in every creature's life and world affairs". 23% believe in a "Benevolent God" who is forgiving and accepting of anyone who repents. 16% believe in a "Critical God" who "has his judgmental eye on the world, but he's not going to intervene, either to punish or comfort". 24% believe in a "Distant God" who is more of a "cosmic force that launched the world, then left it spinning on its own.”