A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Monday 31 December

1 John 2:18-21; Psalm 95 (96):1-2, 11-13; John 1:1-18

The Word became flesh

Surprisingly, in the prologue, Jesus did not become ‘a man’ in the sense of a male person, or even ‘a human person,’ but ‘flesh’ (sarx). ‘Flesh’ links the incarnation of Jesus with, not only human persons, but with all living creatures. ‘Flesh’ is often found with the word, ‘all’ as in ‘all living creatures’ (Genesis 6:13, 17, 19). God sustains ‘all flesh’ (Ps 136:25) and ‘all flesh’ praises God (Ps 145:21). Other Greek writings, too, have a strand of meaning linking human beings with other living creatures. How do I feel about being part of ‘all flesh’ with Jesus?

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