“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11 -1
Lately, lets face it, our world has gotten pretty dark. Or maybe its that we simply haven’t been a light as much as we could. Either way, we certainly find ourselves in hard times. The News is Depressing. You walk down the street its depressing. I can remember more death, destruction, and suffering then not in the past 15 years, whether its foreign or domestic. Seems like very time you turn around, there is a shooting, either massive or singular.
Its times like these… that something like the Advent season, the period where we prepare for Christmas, can help us regain focus. In the Beginning of John’s gospel, we hear about the light that was coming into the world (John in general…likes to talk about “Light” and other symbols..alas I digress)
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:9-13
Pretty Powerful stuff. John’s gospel is considered more “ethereal” in nature to the 3 synoptic Gospels. John definitely was more concerned with the Meta Physical as is evidence by this line. He sees sin and ignorance for what they were then, and what they are now, that being a darkness of understanding. Christ is the Light the illuminates our hearts, our minds, and our lives.
Its fitting that Im writing this close to 2 wonderful feasts of “illumination” , Most near, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (in which that event helped shape Christianity in Latin America, before they were mostly pagan); And That of Guadete Sunday or the Third Sunday of Advent, where the Candle for the weekend is Pink, signifying a rejoicing anticipation, for whats to come. Even the Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we see she is with Child, a sign of hope, and that Child and her make her more brilliant then even the sun, the source of light.
Am I worried about the world? Yes, I have compassion for my fellow creations. Am I worried about the outcome of the world? No. In the end we win. In the End, just like before Jesus is coming. IN The End, all is made right, and in the end, the only thing that keeps me moving there.. and not into despair is Faith.
That faith can allow myself, or anyone to be a Light to the World. We like John the Baptist can become a Herald of Messiah’s name, by our Hope, Prayer, and Love for one another. Keep Praying, Keep Hoping, and take comfort. For if there is one thing the Coming Christmas should remind us, is that there is hope, when we have faith.