Christ, God’s Wisdom and Light that Dispels our Darkness
Readings: 1st: Ecc 24:1-2.8-12; Ps 147:12-20; 2nd: Eph 1:3-6.15-18: Gos: Jn 1:1-18
This brief reflection was written by Fr. Njoku Canice Chukwuemeka, C.S.Sp. He is a Catholic Priest and a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans). He is a missionary in Puerto Rico. He is the Parish Priest of Parroquia la Resurrección del Senor, Canóvanas, and the Major Superior of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit (Spiritans), Circumscription of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. He was the chancellor of the Diocese of Fajardo Humacao, Puerto Rico. Fr. Canice is a member of the Academy of Homiletics. For more details and comments contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
“In the beginning was the Word…a light shine in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower…the Word was the true light that enlightens all men…” Today is the 2nd Sunday in the octave of Christmas. This Sunday, we continue to savor the joy of the newborn king. We continue to greet the Word made flesh that now dwells among us, and we continue to rejoice because, as the wisdom of God, he dispels our darkness and illuminates our lives. Today, the Church invites us to reflect on the import of Christ’s coming to us.
There is a strong relationship between wisdom and light. They are synonymous with each other. On the contrary, light or wisdom and darkness are opposites. Light is always contra darkness and dispels it. The Book of Wisdom addresses God as the one who “made all things by your word; God’s eternal, creative, and illuminating power” (Wis 9:1). Proverbs equally writes: “The Lord by wisdom founded the earth” (Pr 3:19). “Light,” “Word,” and “Wisdom” are seen as the same. This is what they achieve: “For while gentle silence enveloped all thing, your all-powerful Word leaped from heaven, into the midst of the land that was doomed…” (Wis 18, 14-16).
In our second reading today, Paul continues to thank and bless God, “who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ.” This spiritual blessing is Jesus Christ himself, the Wisdom of God, who is with us to dispel all ignorance and illuminate our dark spots. Also, Paul reminds us that we are those chosen and favored by God. This is not only to be holy and spotless but also for adoption as fellow brethren of Christ.
So, as we continue to rejoice this season, let us know that Christ’s birth sealed our adoption and opened a door for all of us into God’s heart. Therefore, as Paul prayed, “May the God of our Lord Jesus Christ… give you the spirit of wisdom and perception of what is revealed.” Let us welcome wisdom into our lives as our guide. Without wisdom, we cannot appreciate what wonders God has worked for us this season. Without the eyes of our mind being opened by the “Ancient of Days” himself, we will remain in perpetual ignorance and our minds always clogged with wickedness.
Today as was on Christmas day, our gospel kicks off with a description of God’s “Logos” or Word. John reminds us of the following: “Through his Word, the heavens were made.” John describes Jesus as God’s creative, life, and light-giving Word that has come to us in human form. Indeed, Jesus is the Wisdom and Power of God, which created and sustains the world. Therefore, to save us, He assumed our nature. Jesus became man while remaining truly God. What he was (Divine), he remained, and what he was not (human nature), he has assumed for the sake of our salvation.
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Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God. He is truly the wisdom and light that dispels the darkness of our life and world. Without losing his divinity, he became man and our brother. He is the one with whom now we shear the same paternity as adopted children of God. His acceptance to be born like us gained us this exalted position and illuminates our world. Finally, for allowing the light of his face to shine upon us this season through his Word, let us exclaim: “O Lord, you are my light and my salvation” (Ps 127:1).
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!
Peace be with You!