“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined.” vs. 2
For the prophet the coronation of the new Judean king was the occasion for great joy, a time to celebrate light after a long period of darkness and despair. From now on things would be different, prosperity would return, and the glory of former days would be restored. We see some of those same feelings surfacing in our country as the new president awaits inauguration. His followers are convinced that this is the dawning of a new age and that our nation will be made great again. Of course others are equally certain that the opposite is true, that we will soon be living in a land of deep darkness. The truth is that, as the people of Judah rapidly found out, there is no king, national leader, or president who is the Light of the World. That honor belongs only to one, Jesus of Nazareth from the land of Galilee. He established a kingdom that is in this world but not of this world and his followers are the ones who bring light to those living in darkness. Their chief loyalty is to Jesus and their community transcends national boundaries and political affiliations. Their aim is to bring healing to those who are suffering and to lift up those who are oppressed. As followers of Jesus they are the Light of the World!
Thought for the Day: What should followers of Jesus expect of our new president?