Reflection for Monday, December 27, 2021: The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

dc.contributor.authorWirth, Eileenen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWirth, Eileen M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2021-12-21T21:31:01Z
dc.date.available2021-12-21T21:31:01Z
dc.date.cycleYear IIen_US
dc.date.day27en_US
dc.date.daynameMondayen_US
dc.date.issued2021-12-27en_US
dc.date.monthDecemberen_US
dc.date.seasonChristmasen_US
dc.date.weekOctave of Christmasen_US
dc.date.year2021en_US
dc.description.abstract|What we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life —for the life was made visible; we have seen it and testify to it. -- John|Years ago, I read the Bible cover to cover like a regular book, not studying it, just reading it.  It took months but was worth the effort because I gained a holistic conception of the historic Jesus. I was especially struck by the numerous concrete details that document Jesus' life, just as John writes in today's first reading.|"What we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we looked upon and touched with our hands concerns the Word of life …We have seen it and testify to it."|While John and the other evangelists weren't AP reporters, if they hadn't gotten their basic facts straight, hundreds of contemporary witnesses would have called them out. As a journalist I can attest to this!|I was also struck by the consistent profile of Jesus that emerges from the accounts of four different evangelists writing at four different times in four different places. He's always the same person even if details in some stories differ or have been rearranged to fit a narrative. In addition, Jesus' message is consistent no matter which evangelist we're reading.|John writes as a witness to real events that he can testify to and Gospel accounts offer historic names and context that can be verified. Archaeologists and scripture scholars have found sites that match the descriptions in the New Testament.|We still have to grapple with faith questions about Jesus as both God and man, but his existence can't easily be dismissed as a myth or fable by people like one of my college history professors. That makes it a lot easier for skeptical modern people like me to believe.|I started the Bible reading exercise partially to see if I could plow through the Old Testament as I sought to discover if I really was a Christian. Happily, I found my answer.|By reading the entire Bible, I came to see that John and the other evangelists could not possibly have invented Jesus. There is simply no other comparable figure in history or literature.|He was a real man from a certain time, place, and culture but his divine message is universal and universally demanding. Christians of every generation and culture can apply it to their circumstances.|Reading the whole Bible made me a Christian in fact as well as name. Now the challenge is to live like one!en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 697en_US
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dc.program.unitDepartment of Journalism, Media and Computingen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
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dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local11 John 1:1-4en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12en_US
dc.subject.local4John 20:1a, 2-8en_US
dc.subject.otherThe Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Josephen_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, December 27, 2021: The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
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