During these days in the middle of winter, when the nights are long and sunshine can be scarce, we realize the value of the sun. It brightens our day and our mood. It gives life, warmth, and light. The light of Christ can do the same. With the light of Christ, we can bring light to the darkness in our world: injustice, violence, conflict, fear, poverty, and countless other shadows. Let us resolve to let the light of Christ shine forth wherever we go and whatever we do.
Before Jesus began preaching, teaching, and healing throughout Galilee and Judea, he came to John to be baptized. The Spirit of God descended upon him and God’s voice called out, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” As Christians, baptized with the Holy Spirit, we are empowered to carry on Jesus’ mission. Let us consider how God calls us to put our faith into action. May God be well pleased.