"Our Hearts are Restless Until They Rest in You" St. Augustine
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
O RADIANT DAWN
O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
Isaiah prophesied as follows in the first words of Chapter 9: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.” Then Isaiah continues a few verses later with this further promise: “For every boot that tramped in battle, every cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for flames.” The “great light” to which Isaiah refers is Christ. He is the Dawn; He is the Light, the Sun, that brings the dawn. We live in a world of darkness, of error and sin, of violence and hatred. God did not create the world this way, but humanity, rejecting God’s ways, has allowed darkness to cover the earth. Only Christ can transform ignorance and error into the light of truth. Only Christ can take away sin and its effects of violence and hatred. He is the Light that our world so desperately needs and so we beg him to come.
Yet we must open ourselves to receive Him. Perhaps the doors of our hearts are blocked so that He cannot enter. Many people in the world have the doors of their hearts blocked to Christ. They think that something else—possessions, pleasure, power, prestige—will bring them happiness. In the end, they do not last; they only lead to darkness, for all must be surrendered. We pray that Christ may shine on humanity so that experiencing the light and warmth of His love, the world may open its doors to allow Him to enter with true happiness and eternal life.