“In the beginning was the Word,” is the sublime opening sentence of John’s Gospel. Like the beautiful, yet anxious, faint opening notes of Beethoven’s Ninth symphony, they can barely hold themselves back from the glorious explosion of sound that looms just ahead! “The Word was with God” and “God was the Word” and the “Word became flesh and dwelt among us”: there’s the glorious blast! God has become a man. Both Augustine and Chrysostom, each in their own inimitable way, agreed that it’s beyond the power of man to even speak as......