The day is at hand

“The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” — Rom. 13:12

As we make our way along God’s path through this Advent season, we catch glimpses of the light of our heavenly home.

These hints come to us as a favorite hymn. They also come as a renewed awareness of the forgiveness and peace God offers through worship. They especially come as that wonderful taste of the Heavenly feast when we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion.

These glimpses thrill our hearts and remind us of the wonderful place waiting for us. The candles on the Advent wreath remind us to prepare for the day that is rapidly approaching. Paul reminds us of this same fact in the Romans passage.

Like a beautifully lit house at Christmas time, Jesus shatters the darkness and fills us with the warmth of His glorious light. He is the Light of the World, who came into the darkness and vanquished it through His suffering, death and resurrection. In our baptism, we shine like stars in this dark night of sin, giving those who do not yet know Jesus Christ a brief glimpse of God’s love through our words, attitudes and actions.

May we always be His lights, shining brightly in this dark and selfish world and bringing the light of Christ’s love to those around us.