It was just 100 days (or so) ago that we celebrated the birth of our Lord. 100 days ago that we sat in a ‘shadowed’ church and awaited midnight, awaited the proclamation of the birth of Christ. It was 100 days ago that our church burst into light in celebration of God among us. And today, today we see where that light came from; we see that we need no other light than that which comes from that little babe of 100 days ago. Jesus Christ the eternal son, God from God, light from light, is what illuminated the manager; illuminates our church and our life. He brings this light with Him for He is light itself, He is the eternal Sun of the Father as well. It is said that the shadow of Cross falls back on the Manger. Indeed the shadow of the Cross falls on the whole liturgical year. But, there wouldn’t be a shadow of the Cross if it wasn’t for the light of the Resurrection! All that we do as Catholics, all that we do within our liturgical year is lit by the light of Easter. And this light from Easter? It is the Hope that He gives us – the resurrection light that brightens our souls with the knowledge that this life on earth isn’t the reason for our existence – heaven is the reason for our existence. It is the light of Love.
In the millennia since that Resurrection day the church has always looked to the dawn; looked to the rising of the cosmic sun as the reminder of the eternal Son’s light renewing in us this gift of hope. Every day we see the end of night and the brightness of dawn. May we take the time every morning to remember what this eternal light of the resurrection means to us – this gift of hope. Darkness has no power over those who welcome the light given to us by that little babe of 100 days ago.