The city of Fort Collins underwent a transformation this winter when more than four thousand small white lights were suspended throughout Old Town beginning on October 29th. Although not advertised as Christmas or Advent lights due to the American government’s opposition to sacred traditions in public government spaces, this so-called secular display nonetheless is a brilliant advertisement of the profound truth of the Gospel- the word made flesh!
But really, something happened: “In Him was life and the life was the light of men.” J 1:4. We people of faith have received grace upon grace, which in turn, writes St. John, “From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” J 1:16. As St. John the Evangelist writes in his prologue, “He was the true light that enlightens everyone coming into the world.” When we enter into doubt the doubt becomes darkness and the darkness turns to hopelessness. God’s word is always shining. Even a small truth is still the truth, amidst a lot of barking about lies. Many people in the world today love darkness and therefore unfortunately do not recognize the truth in these luminous words. “The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it.” Because the incarnate Word has revolutionized us, we are different, totally different! The Incarnate Word has revolutionized us.
So instead let’s look at these lights behind me with joy and live in the belief that God’s word surrounds us, … in the same way and that we do not live in an utter dark hopelessness. Continuing with St. John’s Gospel we read, “But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.” Perhaps you live in complete darkness and the grace of God you cannot see, from time to time something in your live flashes, but overall it is dull. And here is a certain revelation: It turns out that the light is grace! These sparks of course, are only electric light, but invisible grace that is close, very close… the true grace is nearby, in the Catholic Church! This power of grace is found in the sacraments of the Catholic Church, any such little light is a sacrament. You were shone the true light in the Sacrament of Confirmation, and you received many graces, which you probably did not know, and they shine in you. This power of grace is fount in the sacraments of the Catholic Church. The Church is then a rich kaleidoscope of countless points of light. When you participate in any of the sacraments, you receive a portion of the goodness of God. It illuminates your heart, soul and even your mind. Although we are past the season of Christmas, we in the Catholic Church still have plenty of grace … because the Word dwells among us and through the Liturgy we are able to watch His glory. The light of grace shines constantly; you need only to know where to look for it. Not far from here the local community has indeed grace upon grace, sacrament upon sacrament, countless lights of God’s grace and mercy. Christ is able to put us on our feet and get each of us out of every darkness. Man must realize that God is truly here in the Word made flesh and that He is a powerful medium of information of the divine and a powerful hope for us.
How worthy is our faith!