There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.” (Jn 1: 6-9)

Was St. John the Baptist the “only” one “sent from God,” in order to “bear witness of the Light”? No. All of us, having received the power of the Holy Spirit in Baptism, are “sent” to “bear witness of the Light,” of our Lord Jesus Christ. We would miss the point of receiving God’s power, or grace, if we were just to keep it to ourselves. It is given to us that we may pass it on; it is also multiplied in us, when we pass it on. As the Lord said to His followers shortly before His ascension: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1: 8)

So let me embrace God’s light today, in some heartfelt prayer and contemplation of His word, so that I can pass on light, rather than darkness, in my little world. “O Christ the true light, who enlightens and sanctifies every person who comes into the world: Let the light of Your countenance shine on us, that in it we may behold the uncreated light. Guide our footsteps aright in keeping Your commandments, through the intercessions of Your most-pure mother and of all the saints.” (Horologion, Prayer of the First Hour)

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