John 1 begins, “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.”
I am always reminded of this passage when reading the first reading of today: “Thus says the LORD: Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.” (Is 55:10-11)
That God has sent his son, the “Good News” of our chapter this week (and always!), and that the word God sends out will accomplish its purpose, is a profound comfort and promise. It also is an invitation to consider the already and not yet. What has been accomplished, what is being accomplished, and what we have yet to witness.