The season after the Epiphany of our Lord presents us with daily opportunities to be bearers of the light. In thought, word, and deed, God calls us to embrace the light of Christ within us, the love that came down at Christmas. Moreover, this season invites you and me to let the light of Christ beam brightly through who we are, what we say, and all that we offer to the glory of God.
Long ago and today in various congregations, Christians processed around their communities bearing candles and singing the famous “Song of Simeon” as a self-assured proclamation of the birth of the light of Christ. This was not light for Christians. It was light for the world without pretense of condition.
At the feast of the Presentation of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple (celebrated on February 2), Saint Simeon, guided by the Spirit, took Jesus in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
The response by Simeon to the presence of Jesus reminds that Jesus came to be with us in all things and at all times. Amid suffering, poverty, injustice, disaster, and brokenness as well as moments of sheer joy, gladness, abundance, and revel, a Savior and eternal Companion was born. Our Savior and eternal Companion was born. This is very “good news” for the world—news that the Gospel proclaims should not be kept to ourselves.
The community of St. Peter’s has a story of light to tell through actions, which speak louder than words. Through any and all of what we do in life at St. Peter’s, may we seek and find encouragement to be bearers of the light of Christ. The world needs a crowd of broken and faithful people like us to spread the good news of God in Christ to all people.
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector