Fr. Dan White, S.J.
December 8, 2013
The great symbol of the Advent season is light. Last week Isaiah called us to “walk in the light of the Lord”; SLU’s campus and our homes are strung with lights; and we have lit the second candle of our wreath. We long for the coming of the Messiah, the Light of the World.
But the light only has significance in relationship to the darkness all around us. These are the shortest days of the year. Some of us go to work and come home in the dark. Night time seems to last forever during the month of December. Our ancestors knew that in the dark bad things tend to happen. The night allows for any number of dangers to lurk under cover. Even in the age of electricity, we retain some residual fear of the dark. If you have any doubts consider, how many horror movies are set at noon in the middle of July?
It makes sense, therefore, that we seek to dispel the darkness by the presence of light. We find comfort, beauty and peace in the lights because we know there is so much night that remains. The darkness reaches deep into our world, our families and ourselves. The hope that permeates Advent, though, is based in God. It is ultimately the faith in Christ’s light, not our own feeble power, we celebrate. So we stay awake, we prepare, and we light our Advent candles. Come, Lord Jesus.