January 4

Genesis 1:1-5

“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” vs. 3

According to the ancient Hebrews, all creation was spoken into existence by God in the beginning, and the first of those words was, “Lights!” And it makes sense! Any movie director knows that nothing can happen on the set until proper lighting is in place, hence the phrase, “Lights, camera, action!” What’s interesting though, is that this light had nothing to do with the sun. This is a primordial light, something that lies at the core of creation and that permeates every part of it. John in his gospel spoke of this light too, and again it’s in connection with the word of God, present in the beginning and then incarnate in the person of Jesus. Again, the light has nothing to do with the sun, but instead refers to the very essence of God, that which is present in the heart of every creature, and most especially in the heart of every human. John insists that this light is connected to grace and truth and is what attracted people to Jesus the Christ. In the gospel of Matthew this is what Jesus is referring to when he says, “Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” It’s safe to say that this light is the hope of the world, featured in the best of all religions, the source of enlightenment for all believers, and embodied in all who love from the heart.

Thought for the Day: Why didn’t light eliminate darkness in the creation story?

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