He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
Have you ever felt that your contribution was not recognized? I was listening to a congregation singing a hymn that I had written and was peeved that no-one had acknowledged that I had written it. Stupid pride! But consider that the whole world was made by Jesus and we not only fail to acknowledge it, but we have spoiled it. I would be upset if someone singing one of my hymns changed an 'and' into a 'but', yet we have despoiled the world he made with greed and selfishness. Where there were green fields there are slag heaps; beautiful rivers have become polluted pools; loving communities have become warring partners; handsome bodies riddled with bloody bullets.
Lord, grant that we should recognize your presence among us.