The Seasons of Advent, Christmastime and Epiphany all share the theme of the spiritual Light of God. And Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, is the one who shines God’s eternal Light on us and the whole world.
Jesus said, “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).
In other words, through Jesus of Nazareth, our risen Lord and Savior, the spiritual Light of God is revealed to us in specific ways. Through Jesus Christ, God’s Light is not only reflected to us by Jesus but also refracted to us by Jesus. Consequently, through our Lord Jesus who is God’s Prism, we see the Light of God refracted into its specific spectrum of colors for us to see and understand.
So, the eternal, spiritual Light of God is made known to us in the spectrum of Jesus’ birth, life, baptism, temptations, teachings, parables, miracles, Eucharist, suffering, crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection and ascension. Through all of this, the rainbow of God’s Light is shed upon our lives to guide us spiritually, mentally, emotionally, morally, ethically, socially, and so on.
Jesus said, “If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him” (John 14:7).
Therefore, as we avail ourselves of this rainbow of God’s Light through the Word and Sacrament of Christ our Lord, we will abide in God’s grace and truth. And the continuing challenge to us all is that this grace and truth of God in Christ will never fit nicely into either a staunchly Liberal perspective or a staunchly Conservative perspective. Nor does Christ fit nicely into a loose Universalist faith or a strict Fundamentalist faith. Jesus Christ is God’s grace and challenge to everyone. And he stands for both social responsibility and personal responsibility.
Revealed through Jesus Christ and his Apostles, may the New Covenant rainbow of God’s Light grant us the new life of a born again spirit (see John 3). May Christ’s New Covenant rainbow of God’s Light fill us, challenge us, change us and renew us. Amen.
Happy New Year & Blessed Epiphany!