In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5
Today we move away from the synoptic gospels and turn our attention to the Gospel according to Saint John. John differs in his focus from the synoptic gospels. That as the synoptics focus on the Kingdom of God, John focuses on Jesus’ relationship with the Father. The synoptics tell us of Jesus’ human origins while John focuses more on Jesus as preexisting, the Divine Word who was with God from the beginning. The synoptics show the disciples coming to understand who Jesus is as Messiah in a gradual way, while in John they are professing Jesus as Messiah from the start of the gospel.
John gives us another angle in which to know Jesus. His gospel is more reflective, and written in such a way, utilizing strong contrasts (light/darkness, life/death, heavenly/from below, not judged/condemned), as to give us a distinct choice for God.
As we read, let us be aware of the symbols and note the sharp contrasts between characters in the narrative, and let John inspire our faith.
May God bless you.