Sunday, January 3, 2010

Rise up in splendor

This great feast of the Epiphany of the Lord opens with these words: "Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you" (Isaiah 60:1). That reading goes on to describe a world covered with darkness. Even in that world, the prophet announces that the glory of the Lord will shine on Jerusalem.

Many would agree that our world is covered with darkness — the darkness that war, terrorism, and famine bring. Today we announce that even in today's world, the Lord can scatter that darkness, if only we would welcome Epiphany's light.

As we remember the visit of the magi to the manger, let us pray that one day our weary world will rise up in splendor — the splendor of peace and justice.

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