1:10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.  12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

The light that Jesus embodied was not confined to the body of Jesus. This light was “in the world” from the beginning. Jesus was God’s action bringing creation into existence. John says, “the world came into being through him.”

So, when Jesus came into the world he was coming “to what was his own.” It was all “his own.” Every aspect of the created universe belonged to the Christ-force that dwelt fully in the person of Jesus. Everything “came into being through him;” so it all belongs to him.

As the writer of Colossians says in his great hymn of praise to the Christ

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:15-16)

“All things” is another one of those big expressions. As with “everyone” nothing is excluded from “all things”.

But, not “everyone” is entirely aware. There are some who are, for whatever reason, unable to “receive” this deep truth. Whether through pain, conflicting commitments and priorities, or the riches to which it is so tempting to cling, some are spiritually stillborn, unable to perceive the deep reality of that mysterious numinous Presence that Jesus came to demonstrate incarnate in all of creation.

Even Jesus’ own disciples were unable “to accept him” during most of his earthly life. James and John could not “accept” that Jesus’ way lay along the path of powerlessness (Mark 10:35-45).  And to Peter Jesus said, “Get behind me Satan” (Matthew 16:23). Judas of course never accepted the road Jesus felt compelled to walk. And Thomas was unable to fully “accept” and see Jesus in his glory until driven by irrefutable evidence (John 20:24-29).

The question is – will I see? Will I open to the reality of “Source”?

When I acknowledge the origin of all life, I come to know myself as a “child… born of God.” I did not create myself. Life is a gift. It is all gift.

What is it that helps open my eyes to the gifted nature all of life? What helps me see the mystery that permeates life and to live in gratitude for the gifted nature of all existence?