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  • Writer's pictureDavid Bent

In the beginning (04-07-22)

Pause for thought

As we pause today, let us join with the praise of all God's people in these words from Psalm 1.

Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. (Psalms 1:1-3)

Bible Reading: John 1:1-5

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.

A Reflection:

In many places in John’s gospel we find a real sense of the mystery of God.

What are the things in this reading that convey to you a sense of the mystery of God?

Jesus, the Word of God, was there in the beginning. But in the beginning of what? Eternity can’t have a beginning, so maybe it’s the beginning of time. But when was that?

St Paul says this about Jesus:

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created. (Colossians 1:15-16)

Our rational minds might be asking ‘How?’ to statements like this, but it seems that, in the mystery of God, there are truths that exist beyond the facts.

There is the truth that in Jesus we find life, physical, spiritual, emotional and eternal.

There is the truth that, however dark the world, or our lives, might seem, the light of Christ will always shine and the darkness will never overcome it.

Is there a truth here that you can take with you into the coming day?


In our rational world, Lord God, may I never lose my sense of wonder in the mystery of you. Amen

God of wonders

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