In the liturgical season between Epiphany and Lent, one of the major themes is Light. Christ is revealed as the Light of the World.
Now, here’s the funny thing about light: you can’t see it. You only know it’s there because it allows you to see everything else when it’s around. Even if you look at a light bulb, you’re not really seeing light; you’re seeing little strips of metal that have been heated up by electricity. The heating process causes the metal strips to emit light into the room. You can see the strips glowing, but that’s not light itself, just the effect.
Today’s readings introduce us to the idea of Christ as Light. Isaiah says it first and Matthew quotes him later:
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in…
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