Advent: The True Light

Not only is today the 3rd Advent, but it is also Saint Lucia Day for many countries (including Sweden). On this day, many believers celebrate Saint Lucy and the work that she did while on earth. The greatest cause for celebration (in the Scandinavian countries that observe it) is the fact that she brought light to the darkness. The holiday that honors her is held on the shortest day and uses many candles to bring light to the longest night.

The True Light

I cannot think of this holiday or the advent season without being drawn to these words from John’s Gospel regarding Jesus:

The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God…

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.

–John 1.9-13; 3.19-21

Pointing towards Christ

The darkness must be permeated, and indeed it has. Saint Lucia day focuses on light being brought back into darkness. Advent helps us remember that it has already- in the form of a baby in a manger; God become flesh. It is not enough for us to simply celebrate the holidays; are we pointing to Christ in it? Do the lights on our tables, trees, and walls remind us of the true light, the Word that came to save us? Don’t let this day go by without remembering why we celebrate these in the first place. Live in the light that it may be clearly seen that your works have been carried out in God.

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