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The Gift

December 27, Tuesday, Feast of Saint John, Apostle and evangelist
Daily Readings: 1 John 1:1-4; Gospel: John 20:1a and 2-8

Among the most awaited elements of the Christmas season are the gifts. And gifts ignite the child within all of us. From both ends of the spectrum gifts serve as a clear gesture of charity. On the part of the giver, a gift is something that we ought to give to someone as a sign of generosity and appreciation, and on the part of the receiver it’s something that one learns to appreciate and be thankful for.

Today as we celebrate the feast of the Evangelist John, we turn to his very call as a bringer of the Word made flesh to the hearts of many more others. John through his gospel has brought us so many important insights into the person of God. As in our first reading today, his testimony as well of his Christian companions was actually meant to make God’s love visible to others. And through the years, many believers have taken inspiration at the words of the evangelist.

Likewise, our life as Christians should also be a living testimony to the very person of Christ. Though the Lord appeared more than two thousand years ago, his spirit is very much alive through us his church, but the workings of His grace needs our cooperation for it to be felt and seen. In the truest sense may we become living testaments to his grace, to serve and love like Christ, to become living reminders that indeed, God is gracious. 


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.