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The Light of Christmas

Published: 12/28/2021

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through Him, and without Him nothing came to be. What came to be through Him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. - John 1:1-5

Light—it’s something we all need. We long for lengthier summer days to spend outdoors. We long for the first light of day to connect with our Creator. We long for indoor lights to sustain us through the (longer) winter evenings. Parents may even keep a nightlight in a child’s room to give them comfort.

Yet there is an Infant who has come to be the Light, day and night, for us. This Infant Savior is the light we so need and desire in any darkness.

As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you. - Isaiah 66:13

What does this mean to us who believe in this Infant Savior, this Word become Flesh? It means that our greatest periods of darkness will not evoke fear. It means that darkness does not have a place in the hearts of those who believe in the Light.

It means that we don’t have to struggle against the darkness because Jesus came (and still comes) as a Light shining as grace, as peace, as love. It means that the joy of Christmas remains alight within us, and the darkness has no chance of overcoming it!

In the words of author and retreat leader Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM: “We carry our greatest treasure within us: a piece of light which will forever shine, a radiance which is always lighting our way home. Let us trust this light. It will never go out.

– Sr. Sandra Krupp, ASCJ

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