Today’s readings remind us of the miracle of Christmas, the miracle of Christ, and the wonder and hope both bring us. “Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come. The glory of the Lord shines upon you” (IS:60:1-6). The light comes to us, shines upon us, even as “darkness and clouds cover the earth and people.” Currently, it’s easy to focus on the darkness and clouds—the suffering, grief, greed, competition —which often prevent us from remembering that the light of Christ shines on us, that we are the radiance He brought forth to share. Yes, we must share that light in whatever way we can. We need to be the light for ourselves and for others. We don’t need to blaze brilliantly; an ember of compassion is a good start.
Matthew 2:2 calls us to action. As the mystery of God’s grace is revealed, we are “co-heirs” of his message, “co-partners” in the promise of Jesus Christ. We have a duty in such roles to carry the words and promise within ourselves and to others through prayers, words, and actions. As we understand His message better over time, we live Christ’s justice and shine His light.
How might we better rise up and shine? Matthew’s gospel provides an illustration of faith, commitment, determination, and selflessness. The magi follow the sign toward Christ with faith, they give what they have, and humble themselves before the child, they carry their faith forward and protect the “light” which is Christ.
It is important to follow the signs to Christ; see His radiance in ourselves and others. When we do, we break through the darkness and clouds that sometimes may shroud our faith. Remember, “we are the radiance.”
—Gail H. Dennig, Co-Chair English Department, English Teacher