Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Advent 2, 2016

John 1:5:  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

The gospel writers are not overly optimistic about how the world would greet the Coming One.  This is an interesting image, peculiar to John to use light and darkness, not in the Greek idea of wisdom and ignorance, but of the revelation and brightness of the Christ compared to the world into which He comes.  Wisdom and ignorance are relevant, but only a part of it:  love vs. apathy; attention vs. dismissal; faith vs. disbelief; acceptance vs. rejection;  righteousness vs. rebellion.   The darkness does not comprehend light.  Why would it?  Even from a physics standpoint (of which I know little), light would confound darkness.  So we shouldn't be overly surprised that people just don't get us sometimes when we worship Christ. 

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