Winter in the northern hemisphere brings with it many days of darkness, but yet as we continue through the days of January there is a difference that occurs. For many years I walked in the early morning with a friend. We noticed that sometime in the middle of January, something changed. There was more light but even beyond that, the song of the chickadee changed. It told of the coming spring. It is a midway time between the darkest of days and the fullness of light.
In the liturgical year we move to the celebration of light in the incarnation when God is with us through the person, Jesus Christ, he who is the Son of God. During the darkest of times, we know that we have hope because of the birth of our Savior. Yet, it takes us days, weeks even months to believe that this light will bring us out of the darkness. With this coming Sunday, February 2, 2020, we celebrate the Presentation of the Lord. It is another step in understanding the movement of light in our lives. Simeon is promised that he will see the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. When Jesus is brought into the temple to be dedicated, Simeon says to God, “Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”
As we move toward the fullness of light which we will celebrate at Easter Time, we begin to slowly understand how we are influenced by the light of Christ. Recently I read the words of Jean Vanier, the founder of L ‘Arche, an international federation of a group homes for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them, “We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.” Perhaps it is as simple and difficult as that. If we do the ordinary things with great love, darkness is pierced and light really enters the world.