The Eleventh Day of Christmas


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“The people who dwell in darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death light has arisen.”

This quote from today’s Gospel is definitely applicable to 2010 as well as it was to the first century.  We live in a land overshadowed by death.  Abortion is the law of the land and it looks like you and I will soon have to pay for it with our tax dollars.  But we have seen a great light; at least those of us who are willing to see it.

As we begin a new year, it’s up to you and me to help others to see the light.  Jesus doesn’t call us to be just His followers.  He also calls us to be leaders.  There is nothing that we can do in this life that’s any greater than showing others the way.  We weren’t created to be passive Christians.  We can avoid a lot of sin by avoiding contact with others.  But as God said at the very beginning, “It’s not good for man to be alone.”

Those words, taken in context, were about the love of a man and a woman.  But they can be used just as well to tell us that we’re not on a solitary journey.  A wise person (my daughter, who was a teenager at the time) wrote in my breviary on my ordination day, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”

Seeing the light is just the first step.  Sharing the light is our highest calling.

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