Monday, December 11, 2006

Let the Light Shine!

On Wednesday, December 13th, the Western Church recognizes the minor festival of St. Lucia- who was an early 4th century martyr who refused to recant under the persecution of the Roman emperor, Diocletian. At one point in her persecution, Lucia's eyes were cut out, which makes the symbolism which would come later that much more significant.

Particularly in the country of Sweden, in Lutheran homes, St. Lucia is remembered on this day, by having one of the daughters of the house dress in a white robe with a crown of lighted candles and go singing from room to room early in the morning, while it is still dark, to awaken the other family members and to offer them cakes of bread.

The symbolism is clear: Jesus is the Light of the world and the Bread of Life. We are covered with the righteousness of Christ in our Baptism. As we wait for the celebration of Christ's first Advent, as well as His Second Advent, may the Light of Christ shine in our world! May we also remember that we shine not with our own inward light, but reflect the light of Christ, who is our Head! God bless.