Dark recedes, dawn comes

Throughout history mankind has wandered through the darkness of sin.  Our pride caused our fall; our short-sightedness reduced us to acting alone, pushing God away.  And though we were at fault, we were constantly overcome by the feeling of abandonment; God had abandoned us.  Since the Garden of Eden mankind has groped towards the heights of heaven, we strain our eyes looking for the God who left us. ‘Mourning and weeping in this vale of tears[1]

But this morning.

This morning we understand the true import of the words of the prophet Isaiah: ‘The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.[2]

This morning beyond all imagining, beyond all hopes, God made Himself visible to His creation.  God’s face appeared to mankind; the light of His eyes gazed on humanity; Love now radiates throughout history.  It is a light that, as St. John proclaims this morning, ‘shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.[3] This light is ‘true light, which enlightens everyone[4] everyone, none is left in the darkness.

What joy we have knowing that our God, comes especially for each of us; His birth into this dark world was done so that you and I could be bathed in the light of love.  Today, we feel within us, however muted, what the angels know – God is within and will never leave.  We are not alone, we are not abandoned. This little baby proclaims to the world and to our hearts GOD EXISTS! And what is more ‘he has heard our cry.[5] Our cry, each and every one of us has been heard by God.

No matter what our life has brought us or will bring us; no matter what ailments, what problems, what obstacles were with us yesterday and will be with us tomorrow; today we look down upon this newborn baby and look upon eternity who has reduced Himself into time.  Today, we adore God who offers himself to us – for us. Today, we celebrate that nothing can keep God from us and us from Him.  Today, love burns in our hearts again; making them fresh and alive, full of vigor and hope.  Today, the night of loneliness has been banished by God’s light of love.

Dark recedes, dawn comes as we gaze upon the face of Love Himself.


[1] Salve Regina
[2] Isaiah 9:2 (RSV)
[3] John 1:5
[4] John 1:9
[5] Pope Benedict XVI Urbi et Orbi 12/25/2011


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