Twilight Twitches

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Dear Family,
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” I’ve been humming that song to myself ever since I started writing this Twitch. Of course the light I hope I have is the light of Jesus, so when I sing about shining, it’s not an “it” I’m singing about; it’s a “Him.” Today’s scriptures are literally exploding with images of light.

First Isaiah:Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. …upon you the LORD shines, and over you appears his glory. Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radiance.

Then Matthew:
Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” …the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was. They were overjoyed at seeing the star…

We really don’t know much about the Magi, which kind of adds a little mystery to the whole picture. They are in Matthew’s story to show that the light which God gives to Jerusalem, the Hebrew people, is intended to be given to all mankind. The Magi, kings, astrologers, take your pick, were the seekers that represent all of us, looking for light, looking for a path, looking for a new way of seeing life. Little could they have imagined just what kind of life that would be.

Could you take a minute right now, close your eyes, and think back over the last ten days.Can you remember a flash of light you didn’t even see too clearly at the time?…Maybe an unexpected gift, maybe a smile or a kind word you never expected from a worn out clerk at some store, maybe an outreach from a relative or long-lost friend?

Light comes in many forms. That’s just like Jesus coming in so many ways. In fact, each of us carries Him with us in unique ways. I think that means there’s someone in your experience who matches up with your special needs and circumstances.

Let me throw in what might seem to be a slight “downer.” The number of people who came to the Sacrament of Reconciliation over the last few weeks was underwhelming. Maybe 40? Why? Has our teaching about the sacrament become confused? Is it that we don’t really have a sense of sin, much less an urge to get rid of it? The reason I bring it up is because more than anything else, the way we understand sin says an awful lot about the way we regard each other. What is the state of our relationships with each other? There is nothing we do that offends God that hasn’t offended some one first. That’s my concern.

Jesus came to bring us light, to bring us pathways to make the journey to his Father. If we are going to be light then we need to pay more attention to each other. Then we can more honestly rejoice over cribs and why we walk with kings and shepherds and even smelly sheep. (Yes, those white fluffy things are also smelly.) I pray that as Jesus is for you, in 2016 you will be light for those you love, and for those who drive you nuts.

In Him who shines for us,
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