The Lenten Journey is About to Begin. With this in mind, we have the image of our Lord and savior Christ Jesus making his way through the wilderness, to of all destinations, the Cross.
How many times in our lives have we traveled through a difficult patch, only to say, I’m just hoping to see the light at the end of the tunnel? For Christ, there was no light at the end of the tunnel; the light was for us. The light that John, the writer of our fourth gospel spoke of when he penned the words,
“What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:3b-5-NRSV)
These words are indeed significant to our circumstances. Darkness is the absence of light, the absence of life, the absence of hope and the inability for us to safely navigate our way forward around obstacles. As Christ came into the world to shine God’s light into that darkness, the darkness was erased and replaced with light, a brightness that illumines our way so that we are able to see clearly, and make our way forward in hope and faith, to a brighter today, tomorrow, and future.
Peace be with you all! Christ has come at Advent; Christ is making his way toward the Cross; and the light of our hope and salvation will shine upon us on Easter Sunday!