Friday, January 9, 2015

Every Great Fire Begins with a Small Flame

During the Feast of Epiphany we sang, “When you were baptized in the Jordon, O Lord, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest. And the words of the Father bore added witness, naming You His beloved Son. And the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of that word. O Christ, You revealed Yourself as God, and brought Light into the world. Glory to You!” Jesus Christ is called “The Light of the World” which is also why Epiphany is also known as The Feast of Lights.

On the Sunday following Epiphany, the Gospel also speaks about Light. “, the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” (Matthew 4.16/Isaiah 9.1-2) As we are still celebrating the Feast of Epiphany, the Feast of Lights, we also receive the same blessing. Light has dawned in our darkness. We no longer have to walk in the darkness of sin. But there is more...

The Gospel also tells us of how the world immediately fought against God, first by arresting John the Baptist. “Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee.” (Matthew 4.12) As Jesus brought the Light into the darkness, it immediately began to grow bright with the calling of the Disciples and spreading like wildfire with the public teaching of Jesus. What began as a single Light in His Baptism has become a great Light in His Church over the centuries. But it all begins here at His Baptism and spreads through our hearts.

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