… and the darkness shall not overcome it.
Merry Christmas! Today a child is born. The light of the world and source of our salvation. Praise God in all things!
The light shines in the darkness and the darkness shall not overcome it. That is a line from today’s Gospel. I was reflecting on it after my morning prayer time while I was working out (miracle of miracles… the kids were not even awake yet!). A simple line, rich in meaning, yet simple to understand and live.
Christ is our light. He is my light. We celebrate that today. Our call, our commission, is to reflect His light to all in all things. Christ’s light illuminates our souls so that we can see the state that they are in. It is like an ever-broadening spotlight. Early on in our journey of faith we see the big things that keep us from God. Later, as we go deeper with him and the light illuminating our souls gets brighter because we are allowing “more of God” in, we see more and more areas that need work. This is truly a cause for rejoicing and not despair. It is an opportunity not simply for self knowledge, but for growing in holiness.
There is of course a circular element to all of this. The greater holiness that is obtained, the greater the light of Christ is reflected by all that you do. And in this, the darkness shall truly not overcome it.
Today in the midst of celebration, and even the possible tensions and frustrations that sometimes accompany holidays with family, for whatever reasons, shine the light of Christ. Act in as perfect charity as you can prayerfully muster. Act in service and in humility.
Most of all today, just love!