The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
Isaiah 9:2 (English Standard Version)
Good Evening Friends. I hope those in my corner of the planet had a blessed and enjoyable Thanksgiving. As many in the Church knows, today is the First Sunday in Advent. Advent commemorates the waiting for the coming Christ-the Savior of the World.
This Advent Season is one of uncertainty. Just scan the events of the past month, and you will see there is uncertainty: here in America and abroad. In Isaiah, we also read uncertainty-in this case, ancient Israel. Israel itself was in a time of uncertainty-about its relationship with God, since He/She was tired of the former’s wickedness. Judgment was to come upon Israel for its mess. However, God reminded Israel-through the prophet Isaiah-that despite their present darkness, light has shone on them. The light is Israel’s coming messiah; since if you go down to verse 6 of this chapter in Isaiah, you see “For to us a child is born” passage read during this Season.
For those of us in the Boardinghouse of Faith, we attribute the above passages to Jesus’s first coming into the world. If we look at Jesus’ birth narratives we see Israel (now Judea) under Roman rule and the Jews uncertain about their lives under Rome. For us, Jesus is the light-God’s light-that shines in the darkness of uncertainty. And trust me my friends, these are uncertain times. We still have that light in our dark world today-even with the recent ugliness in America, fighting in Syria, and economic instability-we still have the light of God-the Christ.
If we open up our hearts this Advent season, the Christ will still come and shine on us. Then we will have that certainty, that hope we need to live today and not just exist.
Uncertainty at Advent? Yes. However, we don’t have to live under the darkness of uncertainty thanks to Jesus-the light of God.
(Image: On 33rd Street in NYC. Taken by Me)