Light of the World

January 2 – February 27
“For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.” These lines from the
Song of Simeon in Luke, chapter 2 speak of the season of Epiphany, of the light of Christ
for all the world. Seeing Jesus born in Bethlehem, dedicated at the temple, and baptized in
the River Jordan, it’s easy to focus on his life as a first-century Jew. But the audacity of the gospel
is that the light shining in Jesus shone far beyond Israel to illuminate the whole world. Through
the Gospel readings of this season, we see how the light of Christ reached outsiders from the
beginning and continued to grow, lighting the dark places throughout our world and in our own hearts.

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