Third Sunday of Advent

Bulletin Date: 
Sunday, December 17, 2017

Jesus the Light

“The Light” was one of John the Baptist’s earliest phrases used to describe Jesus. Jesus selected this phrase later in his ministry to describe himself, saying, “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life,” (John 8:12). Surprisingly, those who listened did not have enough interest in being enlightened to ask Jesus to give them this light, instead they challenged his right to make this statement.

We are reminded of this week’s Gospel reading, wherein John the Baptist announces, “Among you stands one whom you do not know.” The light was there with all God’s brilliance, but they couldn’t see it, or they didn’t want to see it.

Jesus is the Light of the world. The formerly broken hearted, those previously held captive, those once bound, and those who have had reason to mourn, who have seen him know this to be true. They know the Light of the world  transformed  the darkness of their lives, and they will readily testify of the joy he brings. But is it possible, even though we set aside four weeks during Advent to prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth, to not only miss seeing the  Christmas lights, but also to miss seeing the Light? Is it not possible to be out and surrounded by Christmas displays and yet sit at home in our heart, and miss seeing THE Light of Christmas, to miss out on really seeing Jesus?

There are three weeks left of Advent, still time to contemplate Jesus, and the significance of his coming. There is still time to look at the brilliance of God’s love displayed in his Son.

God Bless! Fr. Elmer