The Light of the World

22 Jan 2017 by SHRCChurch, Comments Off on The Light of the World

20130302DSC_2809-039One of the great motifs or poetic images of the Old Testament was that as a result of sin, men lived in darkness. Numerous examples of this can be found in the Psalms and Prophetic writings. As a result, man couldn’t see, not just physically, but also intellectually! This image is contrasted with the portrayal that God was the bearer of light. He was the very sun (of justice). Interestingly, early Christian Churches were oftentimes oriented toward the rising sun so as to symbolically  face toward Christ!

In today’s first reading from Isaiah we hear: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” (IS 9:1) For Isaiah this “great light” was in fact the longed for Savior! Then in St. Matthew’s Gospel we hear that Jesus left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea.  And in so doing He fulfilled what had been said through Isaiah the prophet  “He left Nazareth and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali that what had been said through Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled: Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles, the people who sit in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen.” (MT 4: 13-16)

How many times during his ministry did Jesus restore “sight” to the blind?  Again, we are not speaking merely of restoring physical sight, but also restoration of ones ability to recognize the source of truth itself!

We currently live in a culture teeming with Biblical darkness. Do we take seriously the fact that as Catholics and Christians  “We are the light of the World”? Do we let our “…light shine before men?”

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