Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and put on the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which your Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
As we consider the coming Light of the World, the prayer for Advent I tells us we should ‘cast away the works of darkness’. The Gospel of John tells us, “In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” (John 1:4-5) Darkness is the absence of light. If we are working to be Children of the Light, we need to be open to the Light in our lives.
There are many kinds of lights. A small candle like in today’s image is comforting. A fire in a fireplace gives warmth. The light from a lighthouse offers guidance to travel safely. A searchlight can be an aid in finding something that is lost.
What kind of light in darkness are you? A candle or a searchlight or a warming fire or a lighthouse?