LIGHT OF KNOWLEDGE
“Your Nativity, O Christ our God, / has shone to the world the light of knowledge! / For by it, those who worshipped the stars, / were taught by a star to adore You, / the Sun of Righteousness, / and to know You, the Orient from on High. / O Lord, glory to You!” (Byzantine Troparion-Hymn of Nativity)
Christ is often called “the light,“ as in the first chapter of the Gospel of John: “He was the true light that enlightens everyone coming into the world.“ (Jn 1: 9) In the main hymn of the feast of the Nativity, the “light“ of Christ is called, more specifically, the light “of knowledge.“ And this light involves learning; That is, it involves those who “were taught...to adore...and to know“ Christ.
Indeed, my Lord comes to teach me; He comes to “enlighten“ me with His presence, when I open up to the small and big lessons He reveals to me in the situations, relationships, and circumstances I deal with today. Sometimes He brings me encouragement and warmth through certain circumstances, or interactions and conversations with other people; But on other occasions, circumstances and/or people are anything but encouraging and warm, and I come up against a wall in a situation or relationship.
In either case, let me recognize His power and my own powerlessness in the “big picture,“ letting His light into my day, that it may teach me to know Him a bit more, the Sun of Righteousness. May Your light and Your knowledge shine in my world today, O Lord. Glory to You!