“In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son.” Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father’s one, perfect and unsurpassable Word. In him he has said everything; there will be no other word than this one. St. John of the Cross, among others, commented strikingly on Hebrews 1:1-2:

In giving us his Son, his only Word (for he possesses no other), he spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word – and he has no more to say. . . because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son. Any person questioning God or desiring some vision or revelation would be guilty not only of foolish behaviour but also of offending him, by not fixing his eyes entirely upon Christ and by living with the desire for some other novelty. 

There will be no further Revelation”. (CCC n. 65)

Dios ha dicho todo en su Verbo

 “Muchas veces y de muchos modos habló Dios en el pasado a nuestros padres por medio de los profetas; en estos últimos tiempos nos ha hablado por su Hijo” (Hb 1,1-2). Cristo, el Hijo de Dios hecho hombre, es la Palabra única, perfecta e insuperable del Padre. En Él lo dice todo, no habrá otra palabra más que ésta. San Juan de la Cruz, después de otros muchos, lo expresa de manera luminosa, comentando Hb 1,1-2: 

“Porque en darnos, como nos dio a su Hijo, que es una Palabra suya, que no tiene otra, todo nos lo habló junto y de una vez en esta sola Palabra […]; porque lo que hablaba antes en partes a los profetas ya lo ha hablado todo en Él, dándonos al Todo, que es su Hijo. Por lo cual, el que ahora quisiese preguntar a Dios, o querer alguna visión o revelación, no sólo haría una necedad, sino haría agravio a Dios, no poniendo los ojos totalmente en Cristo, sin querer otra alguna cosa o novedad” (CIC n. 65)

Readings: Christmas

Reading I: Is 52:7-10 

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, “Your God is King!”

Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry, together they shout for joy, for they see directly, before their eyes, the LORD restoring Zion. Break out together in song, O ruins of Jerusalem! For the LORD comforts his people, he redeems Jerusalem. The LORD has bared his holy arm in the sight of all the nations; all the ends of the earth will behold the salvation of our God.

Responsorial Psalm: Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6. 

  1. (3c)  All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    Sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done wondrous deeds;
    his right hand has won victory for him,
    his holy arm.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    The LORD has made his salvation known:
       in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
    He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
       toward the house of Israel.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    All the ends of the earth have seen
       the salvation by our God.
    Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
       break into song; sing praise.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
    Sing praise to the LORD with the harp,
       with the harp and melodious song.
    With trumpets and the sound of the horn
       sing joyfully before the King, the LORD.
    R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

Reading II: Heb 1:1-6 

Brothers and sisters: In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe, who is the refulgence of his glory, the very imprint of his being, and who sustains all things by his mighty word. When he had accomplished purification from sins, he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high, as far superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say: You are my son; this day I have begotten you? Or again: I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me? And again, when he leads the firstborn into the world, he says: Let all the angels of God worship him.


  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    A holy day has dawned upon us.
    Come, you nations, and adore the Lord.
    For today a great light has come upon the earth.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel: Jn 1:1-18 

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. A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came to be through him, but the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God. And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.

John testified to him and cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me.’” From his fullness we have all received, grace in place of grace, because while the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. The only Son, God, who is at the Father’s side, has revealed him.