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O Word of God, Incarnate!

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Thursday, July 30, 2015

in the beginning was the Word - John 1

O Word of God, Incarnate

I have always been drawn to the mystery of John 1. The Prolegomena, the opening words of the Gospel of John, echo and re-echo in my head. Yes, I am learning more about the Word. The Word made flesh. And, there are always more layers.

Here are the two verses, as adapted from John 1 for the book Praying the New Testament as Psalms: “In the beginning was the Word/and the Word was with God./and the Word was God.” [1]

The second verse takes off from the point where I was awed by the first , , ,

“’And the Word became flesh and lived among us./May I proclaim what I have seen and heard/concerning the Word of life.” [2]

In the beginning. (!!!!!) Re-echoing Genesis 1. And, the Word of God. The Word was—and is—beyond words, beyond reality, and beyond time itself. (My poor, paltry excuse for explanatory words.) I could go into the blessed reality of the Incarnation, about how much God SO Loved the World, and each individual therein. But—I think that simple, profound statement is sufficient.

God, thank You for sending Your Son, the Word made flesh. I bow to the ground as I think of how earth-shattering that idea was. And still is Thank You, God!


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[1] Praying the New Testament as Psalms, Desmond O’Donnell, OMI, and Maureen Mohen, RSM, (United States of America: ACTA Publications, 2002.), 208.

[2] Ibid.