Jesus is “the great light,” the blazing radiance of the Father that illumines even “the region and shadow of death” (Matt. 4:16).
Woven into God’s salvific calling is the mystery of human anguish.
He that knew no sin became sin on our behalf.
What Jesus is in the life of God he remains even as his glory is hidden by his humanity.
The law is a gift, instruction for God’s people, treasured guidance for daily life.
Our peace and hope and faith, grounded in this holy child, is stronger than death itself.
Human agency must say, “Let it be to me according to your word,” but even this is a gift of prevenient grace.
Imprisoned, John the Baptist is in doubt about what he has done and what he has said.
Contemplating the brevity of life has its place, but loving death is the deadly sickness of those asleep to life’s wonder.