John 1:1-18 and 1 John 1:1-3
St. Mary of the Angels
May 28, 2021
Johannine Logos-Hymn: From Creation to Redemption to Fellowship
John 1:1-5 – First Stanza – The Creative Word of God
John 1:9-13 – Second Stanza – The Redemptive Light in the World
John 1:14, 16-18 – Third Stanza – The Incarnation, Communion, Fellowship
Compare with 1 John 1:1-3
I John 1:1 – Creative Word of God – The Eternal Logos heard, seen, and touched
1 John 1:2 – Redemptive Word of God – “Manifested unto us” – “We bear witness”
1 John 1:3 – Incarnation – Fellowship with us means fellowship with God in Christ
“In order for our spiritual reading to echo in our soul, we have to be diligent and prayerful, for understanding comes from the Holy Spirit” – The Church at Prayer: The Mystical Liturgy of the Heart (Archimandrite Amilianos)
The Holy Spirit precedes the Church, and the Church precedes the New Testament, so there is no good and efficacious interpretation of the New Testament outside of the Church. Therefore, for proper reading of Scripture, there must be the Catholic faith and practice as maintained by order, authority, and discipline. This is implied poetically by the didactic hymn (revelation as organized teaching by stages so that man may learn how to be in proper fellowship with God, and with one another, and thereby efficaciously worship Him into eternal life).
We can know where the Holy Spirit is, but not where He is not.
Because He reveals Himself to us in ways we can hear, see, and touch.
To be in fellowship means to be a witness to Christ and to be transformed by Him.