January 1

Isaiah 60:1-6

“Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” vs. 1

Epiphany is the season of light, a time to celebrate the dawning of the good news in a world of darkness. It’s a time to rededicate ourselves to our calling as children of light and focus on the many ways we can let that light shine before others. Way back in the time of the exile the prophets of Israel had the strong sense that the message of grace that had sustained them through their darkest years was for all people. They looked forward to a day when all nations would be drawn by the purity of the light that burned so brightly among them. It was a light that had been kindled in by their experience of God’s steadfast love in the wilderness. Later on the followers of Jesus came to know him as the Light of the world and reveled in his glory. After his resurrection, driven by the Holy Spirit, those disciples carried that light to the furthest corners of the earth. They came not to conquer or enslave but to love as fully as they could. They lived gently and humbly seeking only to serve and work for justice and peace. Despite the negligence of subsequent generations that light continues to shine brightly in millions of people all around the world. The light of Christ can never be extinguished and will be our guide through this new year and every new year to come.

Thought for the Day: How does the light of Christ shine in me?

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